Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Why Spain Vs. Portugal Is 'Can't-Miss' Game Of Group Stage

Why Spain Vs. Portugal Is 'Can't-Miss' Game Of Group Stage

The Atlas Lions have been handed, arguably, the most hard group among the five countries representing the continent, as they share Group B with former World Cup champions Spain, reigning European champions Portugal and Iran.

Belgian coach Roberto Martínez also spent most of his time in the Premiership and will have an insight into his opponents.

Either it be the shocking qualifiers that witnessed former champion Italy's failure to secure a spot in the tournament for the first time in over half a century, or the series of online threats against the 2018 World Cup by the pro-ISIS Wafa Media Foundation, one thing that is not to be doubted is the eventfulness the tournament has already brought to the audiences globally.

Germany were paired with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F as Joachim Loew's men try to become the first nation to retain the title since Brazil in 1962.

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

Lionel Messi and Argentina had one of the more hard draws of the top seeds, getting two European teams - Croatia and debutants Iceland - as well as Nigeria.

A World Cup shrouded in corruption controversies and struggling to attract sponsors could have the dreariest of starts.

And so we will hope to go through to the knock-out phase without too much trouble and then will be the cross-over with the group containing Russian Federation and Uruguay, talking of favourites.

In a star-studded ceremony in the Kremlin, England were placed with Kevin de Bruyne's Belgium, surprise packages Panama and Tunisia.

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"They were tough games but Morocco did it because they had the quality".

Being in a group with a much fancied France side desperate to go a step further in this tournament then they did at Euro 2016, means Peru, Denmark and Australia are all destined to be desperately vying to claim second place in Group C.

Five-time World Cup champions Brazil will meet European playoff winners Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E, while first-timers Iceland, the country with the lowest population of the 32 nations, will meet two-time World Cup champions Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

"It could have been worse", France coach Didier Deschamps said.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has advised Herve Renard to work on Morocco's attack ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals holding in Russian Federation.

People will say that it will have suited Vladimir Putin down to the ground but I do not believe there was any foul play in the draw. Putin urged fans to visit and enjoy his "big and multi-faceted" country, a rallying cry which follows concerns about racism and hooliganism.

"They are the champions of Europe, they have fantastic players and we are talking about the highest level", Spain coach Julen Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Cuatro.

"Nowadays everyone is trying to make some kind of axis of evil out of us, just because we're a great sporting power", Mutko said.

Why suspend ABC News's Brian Ross over Michael Flynn mistake?
The White House rejected the idea that Flynn could implicate "anyone" else, as the inaccurate ABC report had suggested. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. "We fell far short of that yesterday".

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