Portugal and Spain, England and Belgium draw each other in 2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 World Cup draw was conducted at the Kremlin’s concert hall in Moscow on Friday, with 32 teams set to be split into eight groups of four teams.

All sides were allocated to four pots based on their FIFA rankings in October. Hosts Russia were automatically the top seed in Group A despite being the lowest-ranked team. There could be no more than two Europeans teams in any one pot, and no more than one nation from any other continental confederation.

Legends and World Cup winners Diego Maradona, Laurent Blanc, Cafu and Carles Puyol were involved in the process of drawing the balls as Gary Lineker oversaw the proceedings while explaining the procedure.

The opening match of the 2018 World Cup will see hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Group B has thrown up an interesting lot, with 2016 European champions Portugal set to go against 2012 European champions Spain, with Morocco and Iran.

Arguably the toughest group of the eight is Group D which includes Argentina, Iceland (who knocked out England in the 2016 Euros), Croatia (reached the knockout stages of the 2016 Euros) and Nigeria.

Group G could also throw some surprises, with star-studded sides England and Belgium set to go against each other. Tunisia and Panama complete the group.

Here are the groups:


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