Russia 2018: Nigeria paired again with Argentina in Group D

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn in Group D to play against Iceland, Croatia and Argentina in the group stage of next year’s World Cup scheduled to begin in Russia, the host country, on Thursday, June 14.

The pairing took place on Friday during the ceremony for the FIFA World Cup draw held in the Kremlin in Moscow.

This makes it a record fifth time Nigeria will draw Argentina at a FIFA World Cup. Nigeria first met Argentina at its first ever FIFA World Cup appearance in 1994, losing a tight game that ended 2-1.

Both countries would meet again in 1998, 2002 and 2014.

Still at Friday’s event moderated by Gary Lineker and Maria Komandnaya, 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in Group B which also has Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Morocco, and Iran.

Meanwhile, Neymar’s Brazil will play in Group E alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Group A consists of four teams which include host country Russia, as well as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay.

France will also face Australia, Peru, and Denmark in Group C, while title holders Germany as well as Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea were drawn in Group F.

Group G consists of Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England, just as Poland face Senegal, Colombia, and Japan in Group H.

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