18th October 02:44 AM
Portugal to meet Spain in group matches of FIFA World Cup
By Dhanjay Deo
Saturday 02/12/2017

Neighbours Portugal and Spain will meet in a feature group at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

The two European giants will play each other in their opening match on June 16th next year and are joined in Group B by Morocco and Iran after the official draw was held in Moscow.

Hosts Russia, the lowest‑ranked nation in the 32‑team field were handed a friendly draw in Group A, with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

England, the home of football that have not won the World Cup since 1966, will face European front‑runners Belgium, first‑timers Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

Defending World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup champions Germany drew Mexico, European playoff winners Sweden and South Korea in a tough Group F.

Perhaps the 'Group of Death' is Group C, featuring Peru, Australia, France and European playoff winners Denmark.

Five‑time World Cup champions Brazil will meet European playoff winners Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E, while first‑timers Iceland, the country with the lowest population of the 32 nations, will meet two‑time World Cup champions Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

Group H, the only group not to include a former World Cup winner, features world No 7 Poland, Colombia, along with Senegal and Asian giants Japan.

Source: Stuff.co

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