Egyptians divided between optimists, pessimists after World Cup draw

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Russian Federation breathed a collective sigh of relief after avoiding Spain and looking like favourites to make it out of their group in their first home World Cup.

England are now 7/5 to top Group G and are as short as 1/4 to qualify from the group.

Panama, the other nation preparing for a first World Cup adventure, were drawn in Group G with Belgium, England and Tunisia.

The opinions are also divided among football experts in Egypt.

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Lopetegui is also wary of the rest of Spain's group, pointing to the strengths of Morocco and Iran.

"The ideal group", the government-run R-Sport news agency shouted in a banner headline on its website after the State Kremlin Palace draw saw them paired with Saudi Arabia and Egypt for next year's finals. Those burdened with the unenviable task of being in the same group as the tournament favourites are, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia, all of which are likely to be fighting it out for second spot in Group E.

He believes that the defensive style Cuper adopts does not help against big teams like Uruguay "which have Barcelona striker Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani".

Iceland, the country with the smallest population of the 32 World Cup teams, will face qualifying opponent Croatia in Group D along with Argentina and Nigeria.

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Sweden, who ensured Italy would miss the finals for the first time since 1958, and South Korea join Germany and Mexico in Group F. Whilst it's widely expected that Joachim Low's Germany won't have too many problems winning this group, ties and against Mexico and Sweden will certainly provide a good test of just how feared the side ranked number one in the World should be.

"In the history of our games, we showed very moderate performance with teams which we did not consider very strong, and sometimes showed outstanding performance against very strong teams", Sorokin told AFP. It's second match will be against Egypt in St. Petersburg and the final group stage match will be against Uruguay in Samara. While according to Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, it will be a showdown between two of the worst teams of the tournament, Uruguay after a tussle with Russia, and Egypt from group A, are expected to make it to the next round in the first place.

A colorful cohort of Russian pop singers and internationally renowned dance troupes, the Igor Moiseyev Ballet and the Alexandrov Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army, took to the stage before the tense moments of the draw to entertain the guests, which included an impressive lineup of football legends, national team coaches and players.

The only group without a former World Cup champion is Group H, which is made up of Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan. To find out more about both events click on the banner below.

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Nigeria's first Group D game will be against Croatia on 16 June 2018, while Argentina will face Iceland on the same day. The FIFA World Cup draw was held on Friday and the 32 teams found out their groups for the tournament next summer.

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