Spain rediscover style for new World Cup challenge

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Spain rediscover style for new World Cup challenge

The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Atlas Lions were paired with the reigning European champions, the 2010 World Cup champions and their Asian counterparts at the State Kremlin Palace on Friday.

Portugal won nine and lost one of their 10 qualifying games to top Group B and qualify for the World Cup, while Spain, Iran and Morocco went unbeaten.

MOSCOW, Iran national football team coach Carlos Queiroz says there are times when mouse escapes from cat.

Switzerland, who defeated Northern Ireland in their play-off to progress to the Finals, will form part of a tight race for second place in Group E with Costa Rica and Serbia, behind natural favourites Brazil. "Now we must not be satisfied with our participation, we must go with our determination and believe in our chances, even if it seems very hard for everyone", said the coach. Performance against defending World Champions, and bookies favourites, Germany could well determine who qualifies, as it did for the Boys in Green in 2002. Russian Federation have not advanced beyond the first round in three World Cup appearances since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Belhanda added; "Playing against big stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta is exceptional and it will bring so much happiness to us". "Spain is naturally favorite, as I've always said", Santos said.

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 hope they avoid each other because it would probably make a good semi or final".

The French team and their potent strike force of Antoine Griezmann will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.

Also in the group are Uruguay and Egypt.

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. "It's going to be a hard tournament", Portugal coach added.

"The majority of their players compete in Europe", Lopetegui said.

Group H meanwhile is wide open, featuring Poland - given Pot 1 status ahead of Spain - Senegal, Colombia and Japan.

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