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2018 World Cup draw results and full daily schedule

Stewart Robson feels England lucked out and got a fairly easy group that contains Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

FIFA conducted the draw for the 2018 World Cup on Friday in Moscow.

The 32 qualified teams, allocated in four pots based on their October FIFA ranking, were drawn into eight groups of four teams each. Hosts Russia were automatically the top seed in Group A despite being the lowest-ranked team.

There could be no more than two teams from Europe in any one pot, and no more than one nation from any other continental confederation.

After playing each team in their group, the top two teams advance...

 By AAP

Denmark will be a mirror-image of Australia - Trent Sainsbury

Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy looks ahead to Thursday's massive game vs. Denmark in Group C, at the Samara Arena.

KAZAN -- After a close look at flashy French artisans, Australia reckon their next World Cup assignment is like staring at their own reflection.

The Socceroos believe Denmark is a mirror-image of themselves in terms of game style: physical, pragmatic, team-orientated.

"They are quite similar to ourselves in the way they set up and the way they go about things," Australia defender Trent Sainsbury said.

"So it will be interesting to come up against a mirror."

The Socceroos travel to Samara on Tuesday...

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World Cup TV guide: Australia channels, kick-off times, dates and schedule

The ESPN FC guys answer your tweets on whether Colombia or Germany has more reason to panic, Jack Wilshere's next club and more.
The hosts Russia continue their fine World Cup form, Japan beat 10-man Colombia and Senegal become the first African nation to win at the 2018 World Cup.

The FIFA World Cup in Russia has begun, with Australia taking on the rest of the globe in football's showpiece event.

Can the Socceroos fight back from their 2-1 loss against France on Saturday to claim their place in the last 16? A result against Denmark on Thursday will be crucial.

Australian kick-off times for the 2018 World Cup:

All times are listed in AEST. All games are available through Optus.
*Asterisked matches will be broadcast on free-to-air channel SBS.

Friday June 15

Russia 5-0 Saudi...

 By Nick Ames

Hosts Russia have harnessed World Cup momentum to defy expectations, galvanise a nation

Russia have defied the odds, winning each of their first two games handedly and scoring eight goals.

Stanislav Cherchesov is rarely lost for a laconic response and kept a straight face when asked, half an hour after Russia had all but booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-1 win over Egypt, whether this had been the happiest day of his life.

"I hope there are many more to come," Cherchesov responded plainly, before quickly moving on to the next question. Even if he was not willing to engage in hyperbole with the world's media, the lid on his emotions was not too tightly fixed....

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Russia 'madly happy' after World Cup win vs. Egypt - Artem Dzyuba

The hosts Russia continue their fine World Cup form, Japan beat 10-man Colombia and Senegal become the first African nation to win at the 2018 World Cup.

Russia striker Artem Dzyuba says his side are "madly happy" after a second straight impressive performance at the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

The host nation virtually assured themselves a place in the knockout stage after a comfortable 3-1 victory over Egypt in St. Petersburg.

Dzyuba was on the scoresheet in the game and played a role in the opener when his pressure helped cause an Ahmed Fathi own goal. 

"The most important thing is we won. The whole country is happy I think, Russia is...