09 December 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
Following the shock exit of Italy at the hands of Ireland, The worlds media tuned in to watch the draw with great anticipation. The competition gets underway in June 2018, and the Russian hosts are promising a great event.
Defending champions England were handed a friendly draw, while lowly Japan got the group of death which features Brazil, Germany and Spain. Uruguay were drawn in Group F and should advance.
~Dayglow Dolly, Claro FM Sports Uruguay
The draw for the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup was made today.
Hosts Russia are in a tough group, having been paired with Mexico, Sweden, and Ghana. I like Mexico and Sweden to advance here.
This may be the group of death with Japan drawn alongside three previous champions. Germany have yet to win the competition since the reunification however.
Croatia and The Netherlands look favorite to advance from Group C. South Korea and Tunisia are not likely to advance and will be battling to not finish bottom.
Defending champions England have been handed a soft group, and should easily advance along with Turkey. Nigeria and Australia will be on early flights home.
Argentina and France look the most likely to advance from Group E. Denmark topped their group and beat a strong Italian side 4-1, however they may not quite be up to the challenge at the biggest show in the world.
Group F is very intriguing. Austria and Uruguay should be good enough, but Costa Rica and The Ivory Coast may surprise.
Chile and Portugal should have enough about them to make it out of Group G. Ireland have the capacity to produce an upset as they proved by getting past Italy in the playoff and can’t be taken lightly.
Group H is another which is wide open. Columbia, Cameroon and Serbia are all very tough on their day so watch this group closely.
The big surprise
The big talking point is the demise of Italy. Ranked third in the world, the Azzurri suffered the ignominy of being beaten 4-1 by Denmark and thus finsihed second in qualifying group 3
This sent them into a playoff where they were downed 5-3 on aggregate by 39th ranked Ireland in what can only be described as a blow-out.