FIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage Draw- LIVE

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedDec 01, 2017 22:35 IST

Follow the World Cup Draw Live!


22:35 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Well, that's sorted then. Let's see what the Twitterati think about the draw:

Twitter reacts to the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw as all 8 groups are finalised-- This is hilarious

21:27 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Alright, here we go. The final World Cup 2018 draw.


Group A -Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

Group B -Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C -France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

Group D -Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F -Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G -Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group H -Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

21:26 (IST)1 DEC 2017

So, Japan will join Group H at H4.

21:26 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Korea Republic join Group F at F4.

21:25 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Panama join Belgium, Tunisia and England in Group G. G2.

21:25 (IST)1 DEC 2017

The Super Eagles Nigeria will join Group D at D4. Woah, one group of death. Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

21:24 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Australia join Group C at C2.

21:23 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Morocco joins Group B at B3.

21:23 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Serbia joins Group E at E4.

21:23 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Saudi Arabia joins Group A at A2. There we have it. The opening game of the World Cup 2018 will be Russia vs Saudi Arabia. More on that later.

21:22 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Alright, here is how it stands after the second round.

Group A -Russia, ____, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B -Portugal, Spain ,_____, Iran
Group C -France, _____, Peru, Denmark
Group D -Argentina, Croatia, Croatia, ____
Group E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, ____
Group F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, ____
Group G - Belgium, ____, Tunisia, England
Group H -Poland, Senegal, Colombia, ____

21:20 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Senegal join Group H with Poland and Colombia at H2.

21:20 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Tunisia will join Belgium and England in Group G. G3.

21:19 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Sweden joins Germany and Mexico in Group F and they will take the F3 slot.

21:18 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Only 3 teams left in Pot 3.

21:18 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Costa Rica join Group E and they take the E3 slot.

21:17 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Iceland join Group D and they take the D2. It will be Argentina vs Iceland in the first game of Group D.

21:16 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Egypt joins Group A at A3. Iran will join Group B- B4. Denmark joins Group C- C3.

21:15 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Alright, here is how it stands after the second round.

Group A -Russia, Uruguay 
Group B -Portugal, Spain 
Group C -France, Peru 
Group D -Argentina, Croatia 
Group E - Brazil, Switzerland 
Group F - Germany, Mexico 
Group G - Belgium, England 
Group H -Poland, Colombia

21:14 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Colombia will join Poland in Group H. H3.

21:13 (IST)1 DEC 2017

England will go to Group G. They will face off with Belgium in the group stage. Who's excited? They're G4. That means Belgium vs England will be the final fixture of the group.

21:13 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Mexico will go into Group F with Germany. F2.

21:12 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Switzerland will join Brazil in Group E. E2.

21:11 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Croatia join Argentina in Group D. D3.

21:10 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Peru return to the World Cup after an absence of 36 years.

They will join Group C. C3.

21:09 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Pot 2 is upon us. Uruguay join Russia in Group A at A4. 

Spain join Group B at B2.

21:08 (IST)1 DEC 2017

As it stands:

Group A -Russia 
Group B -Portugal 
Group C -France 
Group D -Argentina 
Group E - Brazil 
Group F -Germany 
Group G -Belgium 
Group H -Poland

21:08 (IST)1 DEC 2017

The last of the top-seeded teams- Poland. They will go to Group H. H1.

21:07 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Belgium will join Group G. G1.

21:06 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Germany will go into Group F. F1.

21:06 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Brazil takes their seat in Group E. E1.

21:05 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Argentina goes to Group D. D1.

21:04 (IST)1 DEC 2017

France goes to Group C. C1.

21:04 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Portugal goes to Group B. B1.

21:03 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Here we go. The draw begins.
We start off with placing Russia in Group A.


Group A - Russia 

Group B - 

Group C - 

Group D - 

Group E - 

Group F - 

Group G - 

Group H -

21:00 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Gary Lineker is here to save the day with some familiarity. Some English, finally. On the updates front, we're still sauntering our way there. Phew, this is exhausting.

20:55 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Alright alright alright. Buckle up.

20:55 (IST)1 DEC 2017

An extended Russian dance segment is going on. While it is pleasing to the eye, I can't help wonder about the relevance of this. I set my alarm to 8:30 to dive right into the action. Feels like I signed up for pre-game jam too. Should've taken a later bus, eh? But at least we're edging closer with every passing second.

20:48 (IST)1 DEC 2017

World Cup legend and record goalscorer Miroslav Klose has arrived with the trophy and, lord o lord, what a thing of beauty it is. We missed the sight of you, it's been 4 years.

Somebody play Closer on the radio- 4 years no calls, now you're looking pretty in a Moscow hall.

20:44 (IST)1 DEC 2017

20:42 (IST)1 DEC 2017

The draw is edging closer and the clock has got everyone moving to the edge of their seats. Hold on, my lads. Within an hour, we'll have a half-a-year worth of banter material on our hands.

20:38 (IST)1 DEC 2017

The tension is palpable but the speeches are going to take their sweet time to finish. No disrespect to the dais or the dignitaries but life should really come with a fast-forward button, ja feel?

20:35 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Alright, I'm just dropping this here for reference. 

POT 1: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France

POT 2: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico, Croatia

POT 3: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran

POT 4: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea, Saudi Arabia

20:33 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Vladimir Putin's got the mic. Woah, who's excited? 

20:31 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Alright alright alright. We're here and the proceedings will start shortly.

20:20 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Just 15 minutes to go and we're as restless as ever.

We got something to whet your appetite.

Here is our very own Rohith Nair examining all the possibilities- 2018 FIFA World Cup pots - how many Groups of Death can we get in the draw?

18:37 (IST)1 DEC 2017

18:19 (IST)1 DEC 2017

17:49 (IST)1 DEC 2017

3 hours to go and we can't wait to find out where the sparks are going to fly and who the sun is going to shine on. You simply can't downplay the importance of tonight. Warning signals will sail from one coast to the next and the pre-production unit can begin working on the blueprints. But until then, we'll need to sink ourselves into our seats lest we are called madmen. 

But those who were seen to be dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music, right?

Let me know what your thoughts are on tonight's FIFA World Cup draw on Twitter- @goddamnhunter

Stay tuned for we understand your restlessness and you'll receive the updates as and when the hammer drops.

16:31 (IST)1 DEC 2017

Just another 4 hours left for the draw to begin! Who will 2014 Champions Germany face? Will Leo Messi's Argentina go one step ahead this time around? Will England finally get an easy group?

So much to ponder and think about. Stay tuned!
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