Morocco's Benatia looking forward to Fifa World Cup games

Morocco's Benatia looking forward to Fifa World Cup games

Spain will play their first game on June 15 against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. Let's take a closer look at the bracket.

Moroccan midfielder, Younès Belhanda, believes that Morocco still has a chance to qualify to the second round in the World Cup despite games ending in a draw against Spain, Portugal and Iran.

The Albiceleste should ordinarily be favourites to win Group D involving Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria, but that will entail Messi's support cast - Mauro Icardi, Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria, Ever Banega, Paulo Dybala - stepping up at the tournament.

Lionel Messi's quest to deliver World Cup glory for Argentina could pit the two-time champions against a handful of familiar faces in a potential quarter-final showdown with Spain.

Portugal would likely face Nigeria/Croatia/Peru/Denmark in the quarterfinals and Germany/Belgium/England/Colombia in the semifinals.

Germany was placed 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".

Mutko was the Minister of Sport between 2008 and 2016 and is the head of Russia's World Cup organizing committee.

Five-time champions Brazil will play against Switzerland in Rostov and has further pairings with Costa Rica and Serbia.

Spain, the 2010 winners, will meet Iberian rivals Portugal as well as Morocco and Iran in Group B following the ceremony that was staged at the Kremlin in Moscow.

France and their potent strikeforce featuring Antoine Griezmann and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C. "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.

Japan's veteran coach Vahid Halilhodzic vowed to avenge his side's humiliating 4-1 thrashing by Colombia at the 2014 World Cup.

"I can not say whether I'm happy or not", Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov said, after also drawing Egypt and Uruguay. "We just didn't want to get Spain from pot two".

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