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2018 World Cup draw pairs Nigeria alongside Argentina yet again Germany with Mexico and Portugal meets Spain

Germany will face Mexico in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will open against neighbours Spain, after FIFA conducted the draw in Moscow on Friday.

Winners of the 2014 event and FIFA’s top-ranked team, Germany will face Mexico before taking on Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

Portugal and Spain, who haven’t played since Spain prevailed on penalties in the semifinals of Euro 2012, will meet in Group B alongside Iran and Morocco. Iran is managed by Portuguese coach Carlos Quieroz.

Despite being placed in the second pot of teams, England largely escaped a difficult draw and will face Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.

Hosts Russia, guaranteed a top seed despite being FIFA’s lowest-ranked team in the draw, will open the tournament against Saudi Arabia on June 14 at the 81,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, before taking on Uruguay and Egypt.

GROUP A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia

GROUP B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco

GROUP C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia

GROUP D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria

GROUP E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

GROUP F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

GROUP G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama

GROUP H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan

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