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The Russian national team will play with the teams of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup

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The Russian national football team will play with the teams of Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in Group A at the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in Russia. This became known as a result of the draw of the group stage of the tournament, which ended in the State Kremlin Palace.


The Russian team in the opening match of the tournament will play with the national team of Saudi Arabia, the meeting will take place on June 14 in Moscow at the Luzhniki stadium. Thus, for the first time in the opening match of the world championships, participants with the lowest rating of the International Football Federation (FIFA) will play - the Russians occupy the 65th place, the team of Saudi Arabia - the 63rd. In the second round of the group stage, the Russian team will play with the Egyptians on June 19 in St. Petersburg, in the final round - on June 25 in Samara with the Uruguayans.

At the beginning of the draw ceremony, Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA head Gianni Infantino.

In the hall of the Kremlin Palace there were representatives of the national teams that will take part in the final stage of the World Cup, as well as football stars - Pele, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and others.

The draw was accompanied by a colorful show program, hosted by singer Alsu and TV presenter Ivan Urgant. Alsou sang a song about a dream to the accompaniment of virtuoso guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. The Igor Moiseyev Folk Dance Ensemble and singer Larisa Dolina performed a jazz composition on stage as well.

Former England striker Harry Lineker and Russian TV presenter Maria Komandnaya directly controlled the draw. The draw was assisted by well-known footballers in the past - Nikita Simonyan, Diego Maradona, Carles Puyol, Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Fabio Cannavaro, Cafu and Diego Forlan.

Lineker, who scored 10 goals at the world championships, admitted that he the draw is very exciting. "It's easier to take a penalty in the World Cup final," he said with a smile.

Preparation of the Russian team for the World Cup

The Russian team, as the host of the competition, was exempted from the qualifying tournament and from August 2016 played friendly matches, and also took part in the home Confederations Cup. In total, the Russian team played 14 friendly matches - against the teams of Turkey (0:0), Ghana (1:0), Costa Rica (3:4), Qatar (1:2), Romania (1:0), Kot d'Ivoire (0:2), Belgium (3:3), Hungary (3:0), Chile (1:1), South Korea (4:2), Iran (1:1), Argentina (0: 1), Spain (3:3), and against Dynamo Moscow (3:0). At the Confederations Cup, the Russians played three matches - with the teams of New Zealand (2:0), Portugal (0:1) and Mexico (1:2), took third place in the group and did not reach the playoffs of the competition.
< br> Since August 11, 2016 Stanislav Cherchesov has been leading the Russian national team.

World Championship matches will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 Russian cities.

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