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FIFA World Cup 2018: The Most Anticipated Game From Each Group4 min read

FIFA WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
EGYPT vs RUSSIA
Group A
19 Jun 2018 – 23:30 IST
Saint Petersburg Stadium
St. Petersburg
With two-time champions, Uruguay looking like the team which will most likely top Group A, The 2nd place will most definitely be contested strongly among Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Russia 2018 will mark Egypt’s first World Cup since 1990. ‘Egyptian King’ Mohamed Salah scored the goal which sealed their qualification to the global finals in an emphatic moment, as he converted a 94th-minute penalty against Congo. Egypt and Russia have never played a match against each other, the match between them will be an absolutely unpredictable and its bound to be a major game, one which the fans on either side will hope goes their way.
PORTUGAL vs SPAIN
Group B
15 Jun 2018 – 23:30 IST
Fisht Stadium
Sochi
As UEFA EURO 2016 winners, Portugal secured their berth to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where Fernando Santos’s side defeated Mexico in the play-off for the third place hence Russia presents familiar territory for PortugalThe gasps at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace could be heard all over when these two European giants – and neighbors – were drawn alongside each other in Group B. Both the teams have faced each other two times with Portugal having the advantage over Spain with a win and a draw. A mouth-watering tie in Sochi lies in store.

DENMARK vs FRANCE

Group C
26 Jun 2018 – 19:30 IST
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow
The countries know each other well, having gone head-to-head on the World Cup stage on two previous occasions, both times in the final match of the group. On the road to their sole triumph in 1998, France secured a 2-1 victory, but in 2002 it was Denmark who claimed the victory, 2-0 when the reigning world champions flattered to deceive. This match between two highly fancied European sides will probably be given top priority during the third round of games in Group C.

ARGENTINA vs CROATIA

Group D
21 Jun 2018 – 23:30 IST
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod
One of the more important matches would take place on the 21st of June this year between Argentina and Croatia, two of the strongest teams in the group as they lock horns at a World Cup for the first time since 1998 when Argentina edged to a 1-0 win. Lionel Messi going head to head against his Barcelona teammate, Ivan Rakitic will definitely prove to be one of the many intriguing subplots to what will be just the second meeting between the two nations on the global stage. The meeting could prove pivotal in deciding who qualifies and claims the top spot. Another match which should not be missed.

BRAZIL vs SWITZERLAND

Group E
17 Jun 2018 – 23:30 IST
Rostov Arena
Rostov-On-Don

For the first time since1950, Brazil, Switzerland, and Serbia were all drawn in the same first-round group. This meeting will be crucial to both sides’ hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages. Brazil pitches their enterprising, attack-minded brand of football against a Switzerland side that might lack the same offensive firepower but nevertheless boasts plenty of paces and a fondness for possession. Even though the arrival of Tite as coach in June 2016 saw the Brazilian side rediscover their devastating form like the olden times, the Swiss amassed an impressive 27 points in Group B of the European qualifiers and only missed out on the top spot to Portugal after losing 2-0 in Lisbon in their final match. 

MEXICO vs SWEDEN 

Group F
27 Jun 2018 – 19:30 IST
Ekaterinburg Arena
Ekaterinburg

The four-time world champions and current FIFA Confederations Cup holders Germany are widely expected to top this group. As we know, nothing can be taken for granted at the World Cup which means that this duel between Mexico and Sweden could play a vital role in determining who secures the second Round of 16 spots. But the Korea Republic will also be keen to have a say in the matter.

BELGIUM vs ENGLAND

Group G

28 Jun 2018 – 23:30 IST
Kaliningrad Stadium
Kaliningrad

Both teams are contenders for the cup, and they are sure to serve up an exciting spectacle, particularly as many of Belgium’s key players are based in the English Premier League. England has lost just once in 21 meetings with Belgium. Belgium has been tipped for greatness for several years now, with the Red Devils possessing blistering potential in a superb crop of players. Their golden generation is not getting any younger, however, and their fans will be hoping they can hit their promised heights at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – providing they do not stumble against a rejuvenated England team which has posted impressive results and earned widespread praise. This will be a match which fans cannot afford to miss.

POLAND vs COLOMBIA

Group H
24 Jun 2018 – 21:00 Local time
Kazan Arena
Kazan

In terms of who will advance to the knockout stages, the battle between Poland and Colombia could prove pivotal. Both sides possess a lot of talented players who have the potential to perform great in the match and this match-up at the Kazan Arena may provide the platform for a lot of players to display their individual or team strength. Earning the last automatic qualification spot in South America, Colombia will be keen to perform better at Brazil 2014 when they reached the last eight and James Rodriguez will be a key player for Los Cafeteros this world cup.

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