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06 December 2017, 05:21 | Opal Carroll
Argentina, Iceland, Croatia in World Cup Group of Death
The Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was held in the concert hall at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Friday, with defending champions Germany looking at a quite easy group.
Hosts Russia will play Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the in June 14,2018. Those burdened with the unenviable task of being in the same group as the tournament favourites are, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia, all of which are likely to be fighting it out for second spot in Group E. With Nigeria performing well lately, Croatia having a variety of individual talents including Real Madrid's Luka Modric, Iceland putting up a brilliant show of shared strength and Argentina struggling to qualify while having a pretty decent squad that includes Lionel Messi, the group will result in a set of balanced yet competitive face-offs.
Another favorite for the cup France were drawn with Australia, Peru, and Denmark in Group C.
Being as fortunate as Neymar Jr.'s Brazil and Raphael Varane's France, Toni Kroos's Germany has got nothing to worry about in Group F of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Two of the hot favorites England and Belgium were drawn together in Group G. His club-mate, Robert Lewandowski will be hoping to fire Poland into the knockout stages, even if it looks unlikely he restricts their success in the Bundesliga, Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa will be hoping he can help Japan find success in this group, whilst Senegal will be heavily reliant on Liverpool's Sadio Mane if they're to have any success in Group H.
All of the statuettes are connected by a path paved with neon lighting underfoot, creating the impression of a fairy-tale journey around the Host Cities of Russian Federation 2018. Absent from the tournament will be such perennial powerhouses as Italy, the Netherlands, and reigning South American champion Chile.
Russian Federation has appeared in three World Cups - 1994, 2002, and 2014 - since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but has not advanced beyond the first round.
The February 9-25 games in South Korea come one month ahead of an election in which Putin, who has held power as president or prime minister since 1999, is widely expected to secure a new six-year term in the Kremlin.
Putin asserted on November 9 that allegations of a Kremlin-sponsored sports-doping program could be part of a USA campaign to interfere in the Russian presidential election and disrupt the election in Russia, a charge analysts said appeared to be part of an effort to rally voters around anti-Americanism.
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I'm the head coach at Auburn and I'm looking forward to seeing where this can go, what we've built, in the future. Gus Malzahn has agreed to a new seven-year deal to stay with Auburn , Brandon Marcello of 247 sports reports .
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