Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Portugal and Spain drawn in same group

Portugal and Spain drawn in same group

Yet Russia will get Spain in the last 16 if they fail to win their group and the 2010 World Cup champions make it past Portugal in a Group B that also includes Morocco and Iran.

Five-time winners Brazil, eager to exorcise the demons of 2014 and their 7-1 semi-final humiliation against Germany on home soil, will expect little trouble in progressing from Group E ahead of Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Quoted by AD, Ziyech said on the group, "It is a tough group, but everything is possible, is not it?"

Messi literally dragged Argentina to the 2018 World Cup - including a final day hat-trick - but he'll obviously need some help in the finals if he's to scoop awards.

Ronaldo's battle against Spain and many of his Real Madrid teammates in Sochi on June 15 is mouthwatering to say the least. "They are going to demand the best of us".

Mutko was the Minister of Sport between 2008 and 2016 and is the head of Russia's World Cup organizing committee.

"And then Iran. They were the first team to qualify for the World Cup and did not concede many goals through the qualifiers, with another manager [Carlos Queiroz] with plenty of experience".

They'll face off June 15 in their opening game, and the victor likely will go on to win the group and set the stage for progression deep into the knockout phase and perhaps all the way to the final.

The tournament kicks off on June 14, when host nation Russian Federation takes on Saudi Arabia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, which will also host the final on July 15.

Russian Federation face a host of dangers in Group A in the shape of Uruguay, led by Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, and Egypt, spearheaded by Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.

The French team and their potent strike force of Antoine Griezmann will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.

Portugal are the top seeded team in the group by virtue of their Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, but coach Fernando Santos admitted Spain would be favoured to top the group.

La Roja have overcome their Iberian neighbours in their past two meetings in major competitions and have gone on to win the title after those encounters.

Lopetegui highlighted that Morocco "have very interesting players and the majority of them play in Europe, also they have not lost any games".

"It will be a tough group".

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