The results of the final draw are determinedMonday, 4 December 2017, 21:12
Eight teams from four different parts of the World will have their matches in Ekaterinburg during 2018 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup opens in the Urals capital on 15 June with a game between Egypt and Uruguay. France and Peru meet each other at “Ekaterinburg Arena” on 21 June. Senegal and Japan have a match on 24 June. Moreover, the final match in Ekaterinburg between Mexica and Sweden takes place on 27 June
The final draw of 2018 FIFA World Cup was held on 1 December in Moscow. Russia President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino participated at the event.
"The love of football in our country is long-running, strong and nationwide. The names of our football players, such as Lev Yashin, Nikita Simonyan, Rinat Dasayev and dozens of talented, outstanding athletes have been written into the history of world football forever. We will do everything we can to make it a spectacular sports festival. I invite everyone to Russia! Good luck, and see you in 2018! " said Vladimir Putin.
“Hello and welcome all of you to this final draw ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Russia-2018! I want to say thank you to Russia, President Putin, the Russian Government, to the local organising committee, to all the volunteers in Russia and to all the Russian people who have worked extremely hard in the last years to bring us where we are and to bring us one stage further to the final tournament. Thank you, Russia! I’m sure that the experience in all the 11 cities will be absolutely amazing for everyone who is coming here next summer.” – said Gianni Infantino.
The Russian national team will open the World Cup with a match with Saudi Arabia. Opponents of Stanislav Cherchesov's team in Group A will also be the national teams of Uruguay and Egypt.
The remaining groups are formed as follows:
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran.
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark.
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria.
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia.
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea.
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England.
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan.
The FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in 11 cities of Russia.