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World Cup 2018 Group A: Opening day starts with Russia hosting Saudi Arabia

World Cup 2018 begins with Group A taking the forefront as Russia host Saudi Arabia and Egypt face Uruguay. The opening match of the competition is hardly one that whets the appetite but nevertheless, we will all be tuning in to see the hosts face off against one of the more interesting sides, Saudi Arabia. The Luzhniki stadium hosts the opener, and will be a key game in determining how far either of these sides can go in the tournament, much will be the pressure on the hosts to give…

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World Cup 2018: Group B Team Profile – Iran

Profile Nickname: Team Melli, Persian Stars Group: B Best World Cup: Group Stage, 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 Last World Cup: Group Stage, 2014 Odds to win: 500/1 (Bet365) How did they reach the World Cup? Iran have earned a second consecutive World Cup place for the first time in their history, following a strong, unbeaten qualifying campaign. Despite head coach Carlos Queiroz resigning and then returning to his post in the space of a month in 2015, the Persian Stars were undeterred by the confusion. As one of the higher…

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Match Centre Spain 

Russia 3-3 Spain: Hosts impress with comeback

Russia produced a memorable comeback as they drew 3-3 with Spain on Tuesday evening. Spain boss Julen Lopetegui gave former Liverpool man Suso his international debut after a string of good performances this season for Milan; whilst David de Gea returned in goal and Nacho Fernandez replaced Alvaro Odriozola at right back. Rodrigo and Marco Asensio provided the fire power up top for the visitors with the latter providing an excellent assist for Jordi Alba, who netted his second goal in as many games. Moments later and it would be…

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Spain miss out on top seeding for World Cup

Having already qualified for the 2018 Russian World Cup, Spain were really keeping an eye on other results over the past week in the hope they would sneak their way into the top eight rankings. When the draw for the groups takes place in The Kremlin, Moscow on December 1st, La Roja will not be seeded as a top eight team. The 8 teams who will fill those spots are as follows: host nation Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Argentina and France. Spain and Lopetegui were hoping that Switzerland…

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