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Spain, Portugal drawn together as Football World Cup draw held

  • Published at 10:43 pm December 1st, 2017
Spain, Portugal drawn together as Football World Cup draw held
The 2010 World Cup winner Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo's European champion Portugal in an exciting draw for the 2018 tournament in Russia Friday. Neymar's Brazil meanwhile will have to negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. Holder Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea as they try to retain the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962. Lionel Messi and his Argentina team which struggled to qualify will play European debutant Iceland as well as Croatia and Nigeria. England must play Kevin de Bruyne's Belgium, surprise packages Panama and Tunisia after they were drawn together in the ceremony in the Kremlin. Host nation Russia will face Saudi Arabia in the tournament-opening match on June 14 in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Russia's other opponents in Group A are Uruguay, led by Barcelona's Luis Suarez, and Egypt, spearheaded by Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah. France and their potent strikeforce featuring Antoine Griezmann and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C. Spain's other opponents in a tough-looking Group B are Morocco and Iran. GROUPS Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran and Morocco Group C: France, Peru and Denmark and Australia Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, and Nigeria Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia and Panama Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan