Russia against Saudi Arabia to kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup
In a spectacular ceremony held at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, the 2018 FIFA World Cup groups were drawn. Former England striker Gary Lineker and Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya hosted the draw. Also assisting the pair were legends of the game Gordon Banks, Diego Maradona, Laurent Blanc, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan, Carles Puyol and Russia’s own Nikita Simonyan.
Russia who were automatically put in Group A, will face Saudi Arabia in the opening match on June the 14th. Also accompanying the hosts are Egypt and two-times World Cup winners Uruguay. Group B can be labelled as the group of death. Neighbors Portugal and Spain were drawn in this group together with other neighbors Morocco and IR Iran. England can count themselves lucky as they drew Belgium, Tunisia and minnows Panama. Moreover, world champions Germany got Mexico, Sweden and the Korea Republic in Group F. The rest of the groups are these:
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will start on June the 14th and the opening match will be between Russia vs Saudi Arabia. The winners and runners-up of each group will advance into the knock-out stage. The last two remaining teams from the knock-out stage will play the final on July the 15th at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.