Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 WC: Iran to face Spain, Portugal; tough draw for Germany

FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw: Summary

FIFA 2018 WC: Iran to face Spain, Portugal; tough draw for Germany

NY [U.S.A], December 2 (ANI): Following a long road of qualifying joy and heartache, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia finally got into "game mode" after the Final Draw in Moscow's Kremlin State Palace.

Perennial under-achievers England still face a tough encounter with a free-scoring Belgian side featuring Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard, both of whom play in England. In theory, a group would only need three good teams to be a Group of Death.

Apart from Iceland, they will come up against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D as Messi looks to make up for losing the 2014 final to Germany.

"I am certainly not scared", Loew told ZDF television.

Neymar's Brazil must negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as the South Americans seek a sixth title. "This will be an exciting World Cup".

Morocco and Iran join the Iberian duo in Group B, while in Group C Didier Deschamps' France side - one of the pre-tournament favourites - received a fairly comfortable draw, being pitted against Peru, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland's conquerors Denmark.

According to CNN, Hosts Russia will open the event against Saudi Arabia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on 14 June in Group A, while defending champions Germany were drawn into a tough Group F along with Mexico, Sweden and Korea Republic. "I'm not familiar with any of our group's teams".

Australia have been in disarray since qualifying and are now searching for a new coach following the resignation of Ange Postecoglou. "We should be able to handle all those teams", he said.

Japan have a tough task to finish in the top two in a group that includes Robert Lewandowski's Poland, Sadio Mane's Senegal and Colombia. "For Japan it will be chance to get revenge for the last World Cup", the firebrand Franco-Bosnian said.

Saudi Arabia, which last appeared in the world cup in 2006, will be facing hosts Russian Federation in the tournament's opener on 14 June.

However, Iran have exited the competition at the end of the group stage on each of their previous four appearances at the finals and Queiroz has set his sights on a place in the Round of 16 in Russian Federation. But he also conceded: "We just didn't want to get Spain from pot two".

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