Charts show that Russia's World Cup group is unlike the others

FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw: Summary

The coaches of the 2018 World Cup favourites welcomed a draw that keeps a lot of them apart in the group phase - with the exception of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 winners Spain.

The glitzy draw at the Kremlin on Friday placed Neymar's Brazil in a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as they seek a sixth title.

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.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and his Argentina team which struggled to qualify will play World Cup debutants Iceland as well as Croatia and Nigeria.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui remained cautious after seeing the group that Spain were handed in the draw for next summer's World Cup, held in Moscow. But their coach, who helmed them to Russian Federation without suffering a defeat in their qualifying matches, showed respect to the sides his team will face next summer, reports Xinhua news agency.

Morocco and Iran join the Iberian duo in Group B, while in Group C Didier Deschamps' France side - one of the pre-tournament favourites - received a fairly comfortable draw, being pitted against Peru, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland's conquerors Denmark.

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The Pharaohs were paired with Saudi Arabia, hosts Russian Federation and South American powerhouse Uruguay in Group A following Friday's World Cup draw in Moscow.

"They are the current European champions and have a group of players of the highest level", said the Spain coach.

If we simply total the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings for each group, France's Group C looks like the toughest group with a combined ranking of 71.

Ronaldo's battle against Spain and many of his Real Madrid teammates in Sochi on June 15 is mouthwatering to say the least. "I'm not familiar with any of our group's teams".

Japan will face a tough task to finish in the top two of Group H that features Robert Lewandowski's Poland, Sadio Mane's Senegal and Colombia. But he also conceded: "We just didn't want to get Spain from pot two".

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