Spain, Portugal ready for early duel; Germany handed tough games

  • Spain, Portugal ready for early duel; Germany handed tough games

Spain, Portugal ready for early duel; Germany handed tough games

The coaches of the 2018 World Cup favourites welcomed a draw that keeps a lot of them apart in the group phase - with the exception of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 winners Spain.

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.

The World Cup groups have been set, and it's possible that the two greatest players on Earth could meet in the final. Nigeria - the youngest team to qualify for the World Cup - beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly last month.

The glitzy draw at the Kremlin on Friday placed Neymar's Brazil in a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as they seek a sixth title.

"The World Cup is a competition in which you can not make mistakes, they have less to lose than we do and that is what makes them more unsafe".

Belhanda added; "Playing against big stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta is exceptional and it will bring so much happiness to us". "This is a World Cup. Spain is naturally favorite, as I've always said".

The coaches of the 2018 World Cup favourites welcomed a draw that keeps a lot of them apart in the group phase.

Brazil are the record five-time champions but were left reeling following a thumping 7-1 defeat to Germany on home soil in the semifinals at the 2014 World Cup. "I hope they avoid each other because it would probably make a good semi or final".

France coach Didier Deschamps will be confident of winning Group C ahead of Australia, Peru and Denmark.

The tournament that spans 11 cities and 12 stadiums will kick off when host nation Russian Federation take on Saudi Arabia on June 14 in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Also in the group are Uruguay and Egypt.

"Portugal have won an important title and, moreover, very recently. It's going to be a hard tournament", Portugal coach added.

Japan face a tough task to finish in the top two of Group H that features Robert Lewandowski's Poland, Senegal and Colombia.

Russian president Vladimir Putin said in a speech at the draw ceremony that Russia had a "strong affection" for football.