FIFA World Cup draw: Germany with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F

The draw has been held for the 2018 World Cup, which kicks off in Russia next summer. Germany will open the defense of their 2014 World Cup title against Mexico, before facing Sweden and South Korea in Group F.The 2018 FIFA World Cup draw in Moscow on Friday determined that Germany will be up against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.
The reigning World Cup champions will begin the defense of their title against Mexico in the Russian capital on June 17 before traveling to Sochi to face Sweden on June 23. Their final group stage game will take place against South Korea in Kazan on June 27.
On paper, Group F looks like one of the toughest groups but it is a group Germany will likely have to win if they are to avoid Brazil in the last 16. The Brazilians are clear favorites to top Group E ahead of Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
“All the other countries have been watching us closely as champions, including at the Confederations Cup,” said Germany coach Joachim Löw, who attended the draw. “But I think other nations have caught up somewhat and have some great players. It will be an exciting World Cup here in Russia and we’re all looking forward to getting started.”
Russia hopeful, France confident
As always, the hosts, Russia, were first out of the hat and were joined in Group A by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. After a disappointing performance at the Confederations Cup last summer, coach Stanislav Cherchesov will be confident of progressing to the last 16 when it really matters. They will kick off the tournament against the Saudis on June 14.
Among the other tournament favorites, Spain and Portugal were drawn together in Group B which, along with Morocco and Iran, has a distinctly Mediterranean flavor. France, who knocked Germany out of Euro 2016 at the semifinal stage, have a favorable draw on paper; Didier Deschamps’ hugely talented team face Australia, Peru and Denmark.
World Cup debutants Panama, who shocked the United States in qualifying, landed in Group G along with Belgium, England and Tunisia, while Iceland, the smallest nation in the competition, face tough tests against Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

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