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Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2018 draw: Spain to face Portugal in Group B; Belgium set up mouth-watering clash with England

Catch the live updates of the FIFA World Cup 2018 draw as 32 teams, including Germany, England and Argentina gear up for football's most prestigious tournament.

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Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2018 draw: Spain to face Portugal in Group B; Belgium set up mouth-watering clash with England

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Dec 01, 2017 - 22:02 (IST)

So, that brings us to the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 live blog. A lot of interesting matches to watch out for next year. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Goodbye and take care! 

Dec 01, 2017 - 21:49 (IST)

Dec 01, 2017 - 21:49 (IST)

The showpiece event will begin with hosts Russia vs Saudi Arabia. Not exactly the most exciting opening game but it's the World Cup. 

Dec 01, 2017 - 21:41 (IST)

Dec 01, 2017 - 21:33 (IST)

Here's the complete draw: 

England vs Belgium, Spain vs Portugal or Germany vs Sweden? All the groups look very competitive!

Dec 01, 2017 - 21:26 (IST)

The World Cup draw after three pots: 

Group A: Russia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran
Group C: France, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden
Group G: Belgium, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia

Dec 01, 2017 - 21:23 (IST)

Iran join Spain and Portugal in Group B. Looks tight, eh? Iceland, the underdogs, take position D2 and will play their opening game against Argentina. Costa Rica go into Group E, while Sweden into Group F with Germany and Mexico. Tunisia join England and Belgium's group, leaving Senegal to go to Group H.

Dec 01, 2017 - 21:19 (IST)

Egypt go to Group A, Denmark are placed in Group C with France and Peru as Group B has its maximum quota of two European teams. 

Dec 01, 2017 - 21:17 (IST)

Dec 01, 2017 - 21:16 (IST)

Get ready for England vs Belgium! They take the G4 position. Why is Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate sweating? Roberto Martinez looks calm. 

Diego Maradona will be reunited on stage with World Cup rival Gary Lineker at the draw in Moscow next week.

Highlights FIFA World Cup 2018 draw Spain to face Portugal in Group B Belgium set up mouthwatering clash with England

The 32 teams are set for the World Cup as they will discover their groups at the draw. Twitter: @FIFAWorldCup

Maradona will represent Argentina in the State Kremlin Palace, where all eight World Cup-winning nations will send a playing great to assist in the draw, FIFA said Tuesday.

Maradona captained Argentina to the 1986 title, eliminating Lineker's England in the quarterfinals with the help of his "Hand of God" goal in Mexico City.

Minutes later, Maradona scored one of the best goals in World Cup history, before Lineker pulled England close in a 2-1 loss. Maradona was voted player of the tournament and Lineker was the top scorer with six goals.

Lineker will host the 32-nation ceremony on 1 December. England will be officially represented by Gordon Banks, goalkeeper on the 1966 team.

The other draw assistants are Laurent Blanc, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan, Carles Puyol, and Nikita Simonyan for host Russia.

Former Germany forward Miroslav Klose will bring the World Cup trophy on stage.

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