It's very deceptive Group: Portugal Coach Fernando Santos

04 December, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands at the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

Ronaldo bagged 15 goals in qualifiers, and will need to replicate the form to first navigate a group that has Spain, Morocco and Iran.

"They are something other than just Cristiano", Lopetegui said.

His current contract, signed in the wake of first round elimination in the 2014 World Cup, runs until the end of the Russian Federation tournament. Portugal are a great team, Morocco have not lost a game in qualifying. Nigeria - the youngest team to qualify for the World Cup - beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly last month.

A side that looks like it benefited from an easy group is England, one of only eight countries to have won the World Cup but which bagged its lone title in 1966. The past figures and results don't serve us. "It's going to be a hard tournament", Santos added.

"It's a very deceptive and treacherous group". Portugal has to accept that we are one of the favorite but if you look in a bit more detail, you can see it's very hard.




"He told me just one thing - number 10", a laughing Hallgrimsson said in reference to Messi's number. "The ideal group", the government- run R-Sport news agency shouted in a banner headline on its website after the State Kremlin Palace draw saw them paired with Saudi Arabia and Egypt for next year's finals. What is certain is that we are going to make war.

"At the end of the day, we've not won anything for a long time", says Kane.

Queiroz said he was pleased to face some familiar teams.

Lopetegui highlighted that Morocco "have very interesting players and the majority of them play in Europe, also they have not lost any games". "They haven't lost in qualifying. Team Melli will defend their honor and aim to make the whole Iranian people feel proud", Queiroz told AS.

"Our first match against Iran will be decisive". As we all know in football nothing is impossible. "To play against Spain, Portugal and Morocco will be a great opportunity for our players to show why they are here and especially to show that they deserve to be here", the former Real Madrid coach added.

"These are two countries that are not far from Morocco".

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