Portugal Coach Santos Cautious About Iran, Morocco

World Cup draw Portugal lands Spain

As a reminder, Portugal is in Group B, along with Spain, Morocco and Iran.

According to CNN, Hosts Russia will open the event against Saudi Arabia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on 14 June in Group A, while defending champions Germany were drawn into a tough Group F along with Mexico, Sweden and Korea Republic.

But Alex Ferguson's former assistant remains a hugely popular figure with Iranian football fans after securing back-to-back World Cup qualifications for the country for the first time in their history.

Switzerland, who defeated Northern Ireland in their play-off to progress to the Finals, will form part of a tight race for second place in Group E with Costa Rica and Serbia, behind natural favourites Brazil. "We should be able to handle all those teams", he said.

Iceland - one of the two newcomers at the World Cup along with Panama - is the smallest ever nation to qualify for the World Cup with a population of about 335,000. "They are going to demand the best of us", he added.

Ronaldo's battle against Spain and many of his Real Madrid teammates in Sochi on June 15 is mouthwatering to say the least.

The glitzy draw, featuring a short speech from Russian President Vladimir Putin, also laid out potential routes to the final, revealing tantalising prospects such as a Spain versus Argentina quarter-final, and possible semi-finals of Spain against Germany or France versus Brazil. "This will be an exciting World Cup".

According to Goal.com, Portugal and neighboring Spain will go head-to-head at the World Cup in Russian Federation next year, along with Morocco and Iran following Friday's draw.

Russia's other opponents in Group A are Uruguay, led by Barcelona's Luis Suarez, and Egypt, spearheaded by Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.

France coach Didier Deschamps will be confident of winning Group C ahead of Australia, Peru and Denmark.

"Portugal have won an important title and, moreover, very recently".

Portugal are the top seeded team in the group by virtue of their Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, but coach Fernando Santos admitted Spain would be favoured to top the group.

"The majority of their players compete in Europe", Lopetegui said.

Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan.

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