Iceland eyes 'romantic' World Cup debut against Messi

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Iceland eyes 'romantic' World Cup debut against Messi
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02 December, 2017

It's the fifth time that the Super Eagles will be playing Argentina in the group phase of the World Cup since their first appearance at United States of America 1994.

World Champions Germany will slug it out with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, while five-time champions Brazil have to contend with Switzerland Costa Roca and Serbia.

Iceland is not a pushover, and many in the soccer world feel that Argentina, a two-time World Cup victor, drew one of the toughest groups in the tournament.

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Russian Federation will start the world cup with Saudi Arabi. All fingers will be crossed for that particular encounter knowing full well that the Nigeria national team beat Argentina 3-1 in a historic friendly match. Boasting the continent's best player in Mohammed Salah and with the motivation of a first appearance at the global event in 28 years, they will have much confidence facing the main threat in Group A which will be Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani's Uruguay. Spain were thumped 5-1 by the Netherlands while Portugal were routed 4-0 by eventual champions Germany.

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"However, whatever group we are in, we need to progress".

Federation Internationale de Football Association conducted the World Cup draw in Friday, not only setting groups, matchups and schedules but also creating a number of intriguing storylines.

"I hope that Icelandic fans will come to Russian Federation and stay at least for the three first games, and then I don't know how long they will stay, but hopefully they will see us through to the end of the tournament". "I think we can navigate our way into the knockout stages but it's going to be tough. But our aim has to be to top the group", he said.

But facing Lionel Messi and Argentina, ranked fourth in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, will be another challenge. Hard group but we will take our chances.

England's World Cup opponents spoke of their excitement at drawing the Three Lions and Belgium in Group G. Gareth Southgate's side face Tunisia in their opening game in Volgograd on Monday June 18, before travelling 847 kilometres to Nizhny Novgorod to play World Cup debutants Panama on Sunday June 24....


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