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Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 WC: Iran to face Spain, Portugal; tough draw for Germany

Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 WC: Iran to face Spain, Portugal; tough draw for Germany

Spain on Friday afternoon were drawn to face reigning European champions Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B and should be favourites to reach the last 16.

A fairly balanced draw left the 6,000 dignitaries assembled at the State Kremlin Arena in Moscow with no standout "group of death" to mull over, although some intriguing matchups do lie ahead once the tournament kicks off next summer.

For Carlos Queiroz, the head manager of Iranian football team, told beIN Sports that Morocco has a "great" team, recalling his course during the qualifiers.

Croatia, debutants Iceland, and Nigeria will all fancy their chances of joining favourites Argentina in the knockout phase from Group D. It is the fifth time Nigeria have been grouped with Argentina in their six World Cups. "We should be able to handle all those teams", he said.

"Iran has experience and the coach is also one of the most experienced in this World Cup".

"Other countries have been watching us over the last few years and they have progressed and they have great players".

"We just didn't want to get Spain", said Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

Renard added that his team is going to play its matches in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

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Holders Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea as they try to retain the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962.

"I can not say whether I'm happy or not", Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov said, after also drawing Egypt and Uruguay.

A side that looks like it benefited from an easy group is England, one of only eight countries to have won the World Cup but which bagged its lone title in 1966.

France and their potent strike force of Antoine Griezmann and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.

Portugal are the top seeded team in the group by virtue of their Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, but coach Fernando Santos admitted Spain would be favoured to top the group.

Lopetegui highlighted that Morocco "have very interesting players and the majority of them play in Europe, also they have not lost any games".

Japan have a tough task to finish in the top two in a group that includes Robert Lewandowski's Poland, Sadio Mane's Senegal and Colombia.