World Cup 2018 draw: Teams discover fate in Russia

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup 2018 draw: Spain vs Portugal and England vs Belgium in group stages Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) WORLD CUP 2018 DRAW: AS IT HAPPENED World Cup Russia Brazil Germany Argentina Belgium Portugal Poland France Spain Peru Switzerland England Colombia Mexico Uruguay Croatia Denmark Iceland Costa Rica Sweden Tunisia Egypt Senegal Iran Serbia Nigeria Australia Japan Morocco Panama South Korea Saudi Arabia The finalists have learned their fate ahead of next year’s tournament and there are some interesting games to look forward to Germany will begin their World Cup defence against Mexico after Friday’s draw in Moscow threw together Spain and Portugal in the pick of the group-stage matches at Russia 2018.Joachim Low’s men triumphed on Russian soil in the Confederations Cup earlier this year and start at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on June 17 versus a side they ran out 4-1 winners over in the semi-finals of that tournament.Mexico’s tough assignment comes three days on from the hosts kicking off proceedings in a seemingly favourable opener against Saudi Arabia. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sweden, who ensured Italy would miss the finals for the first time since 1958, and South Korea join Germany and Mexico in Group F.Spain and Portugal will play out an Iberian derby in Sochi, a fittingly temperate setting on the Black Sea coast, and the winner will be a heavy favourite to top Group B. Iran and Morocco make up the section.Russia performed poorly at both Euro 2016 and the Confederations Cup but might fancy their chances of pipping the Saudis and Egypt in Group A, where Uruguay will start as favourites. Group A Group B Russia Portugal Saudi Arabia Spain Egypt Morocco Uruguay Iran Group C Group D France Argentina Australia Iceland Peru Croatia Denmark Nigeria Group E Group F Brazil Germany Switzerland Mexico Costa Rica Sweden Serbia South Korea Group G Group H Belgium Poland Panama Senegal Tunisia Colombia England Japan  Five-time champions Brazil being against Switzerland in Rostov and further pairings with Costa Rica and Serbia mean head coach Tite can be pleased with the draw overall.Great rivals Argentina have a more complicated task alongside Euro 2016 surprise package and tournament debutants Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D. It is the fifth time in Nigeria’s six World Cup appearances that they have drawn two-time champions Argentina.An array of Premier League stars will be in action on the final matchday in Group G, when England take on Belgium – featuring Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and company – in Kaliningrad.Tunisia and debutants Panama’s presence means that match will be expected to double up as a winner-takes-all showdown for top spot.Peru and Denmark’s reward for coming through play-off clashes last month are places in Group C alongside France – benefitting from a stellar generation headed by Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe – and Australia.Poland are the top seeds in Group H, where Colombia represent tough matchday two opposition. Those nations begin against Senegal and Japan respectively.last_img

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