Finally, here comes the moment we all have been waiting for – the 2018 World Cup draw. The fate of the 32 participating teams now decided, the Super Eagles have found themselves in Group D together with Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.
We are beaming our spotlight on the four teams that will square it off in Group D.
The Argentine team is a traditional South American football powerhouse, and currently 4th on the FIFA rankings. However, their recent form leaves a great deal to be desired. They struggled to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and it literally took Messi’s magic to save the day. They were also recently handed a 4-2 humiliation by the Super Eagles in an international friendly. Will they rediscover their form? Only time will tell.
The Croatia national team is no pushover in top-flight football. Currently ranked 17th in the world, they will be expected to prove their mettle in Russia 2018. They qualified for Russia 2018 after a two-legged playoff with Greece which they won on a 4-1 aggregate. Will captain Luka Modric pilot his team out of the Group D into the second round of the competition? I guess we will know soon enough.
The Iceland national team has shown tremendous collective strength in recent times. This string of performances has seen them qualify for their first ever World Cup appearance. Worthy landlords of the 22nd place on the FIFA rankings, they recorded wins against Ukraine, Finland, Turkey and Croatia to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. We trust they will be seeking to extend their excellent form come Russia 2018. The question to ask is, at whose cost?
The Super Eagles have enjoyed fine form in recent times. They have the second-best run-up to the World Cup, beating Cameroon and Algeria in the process. They even added Argentina to their long list of casualties. Currently sitting 50th on the FIFA rankings, the Super Eagles will be seeking to reenact the performance that saw them wallop the Argentines. Certainly, they should be one of the happiest teams in Group D with the 2018 World Cup draw.
On a whole, Group D seems the most delicately balanced and promises to be one of the most interesting groups in the competition. What do you say?
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