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

  • 21:49 (IST)

  • 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. 

  • 21:41 (IST)

  • 21:33 (IST)

    Here's the complete draw: 

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 21:17 (IST)

  • 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. 

  • 21:14 (IST)

    Uruguay join Russia in Group A as they take the fourth position.

    Oh, and Spain will clash into Portugal in Group B. They take position B2. Meanwhile, Peru join France in Group C, and Croatia will face Argentina in Group D.

  • 21:11 (IST)

    Brazil go into Group E, while Group F features reigning world champions Germany. Group G includes Belgium, who were unbeaten in the qualifying round. Group H contains Poland. 

  • 21:07 (IST)

    As expected, Russia are drawn as team A1. Portugal into Group B, in position one (all the Pot 1 teams will be in position one in their respective groups). Meanwhile, France take first place in Group C, and Argentina go into Group D.

  • 21:05 (IST)

  • 20:56 (IST)

    A FIFA draw can never be complete without a folk dancing act! We know that you guys cannot wait for the draw. Erm, opening ceremonies are meant to be like this. 

  • 20:51 (IST)

    And the coveted trophy has arrived. Germany legend Miroslav Klose brings it up on the stage. “It’s a wonderful trophy,” he says. Just imagine winning the World Cup in your last match for your country. He is one of those lucky ones! 

  • 20:46 (IST)

    Vladimir Putin: "The most coveted trophy will be won by the team showing the most resilience. I would like to wish success to all the teams and I call upon all loyal fans to come to Russia and enjoy the finals of 2018."

    Gianni Infantino: "The scene belongs to the football legends. Now that we have set the scene, we can let the artists celebrate football over the world. Enjoy the draw and enjoy the kick-off and enjoy football next summer here in Russia."

  • 20:36 (IST)

    The coverage of the draw is about to start now. Russian president Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino have entered the stage for their respective speeches. 

  • 20:33 (IST)

  • 20:28 (IST)

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  • 20:28 (IST)

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  • 20:20 (IST)

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  • 20:20 (IST)

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  • 20:19 (IST)

  • 19:22 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018 draw. 

    Germany, Brazil and Argentina are all in the first pot along with France, European champions Portugal, Belgium, Poland and the hosts.

    But if those nations are certain of avoiding each other, danger lurks in pot two, where the Spanish – the 2010 winners rebuilt into a formidable force by Julen Lopetegui – lie along with England.

    FIFA will keep apart sides from the same continent with the exception of Europe, which has 14 representatives to go into eight groups.

    France and Spain were even drawn together during one practice run of the draw, while alternatively, there is the possibility of England being drawn with Iceland, who humiliated them at Euro 2016.

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 mouth-watering 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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Updated Date: Dec 01, 2017 22:02:34 IST