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Host Russia will face S Arabia in opener

Host Russia will face S Arabia in opener

After the 2018 World Cup draw we now know that Russia will bring up the curtain in Moscow when they face Saudi Arabia on Thursday June 14. Portugal vs Spain is one of the most enticing of the early ties, which takes place in Sochi on the second day of the tournament while two of the big favourites, Brazil and Germany, begin their campaigns on the first Sunday against Switzerland and Mexico respectively. England's World Cup will get going in Volgograd on Monday June 18, before games against Panama (Sunday June 24) and Belgium (Thursday June 28). The final will take place in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday July 15. GROUPS 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 FIXTURE GROUP STAGE Date Match Venue Kick-off (BST) June 14 Russia v Saudi Arabia Moscow (Luzhniki) 4pm June 15 Egypt v Uruguay Ekaterinburg 1pm June 15 Morocco v Iran St Petersburg 4pm June 15 Portugal v Spain Sochi 7pm June 16 France v Australia Kazan 11am June 16 Argentina v Iceland Moscow (Spartak) 2pm June 16 Peru v Denmark Saransk 5pm June 16 Croatia v Nigeria Kaliningrad 8pm June 17 Costa Rica v Serbia Samara 1pm June 17 Germany v Mexico Moscow (Luzhniki) 4pm June 17 Brazil v Switzerland Rostov-on-Don 7pm June 18 Sweden v South Korea Nizhny Novgorod 1pm June 18 Belgium v Panama Sochi 4pm June 18 Tunisia v England Volgograd 7pm June 19 Poland v Senegal Moscow (Spartak) 1pm June 19 Colombia v Japan Saransk 4pm June 19 Russia v Egypt St Petersburg 7pm June 20 Portugal v Morocco Moscow (Luzhniki) 1pm June 20 Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Rostov-on-Don 4pm June 20 Iran v Spain Kazan 7pm June 21 France v Peru Ekaterinburg 1pm June 21 Denmark v Australia Samara 4pm June 21 Argentina v Croatia Nizhny Novgorod 7pm June 22 Brazil v Costa Rica St Petersburg 1pm June 22 Nigeria v Iceland Volgograd 4pm June 22 Serbia v Switzerland Kaliningrad 7pm June 23 Belgium v Tunisia Moscow (Spartak) 1pm June 23 Germany v Sweden Sochi 4pm June 23 South Korea v Mexico Rostov-on-Don 7pm June 24 England v Panama Nizhny Novgorod 1pm June 24 Japan v Senegal Ekaterinburg 4pm June 24 Poland v Colombia Kazan 7pm June 25 Uruguay v Russia Samara 3pm June 25 Saudi Arabia v Egypt Volgograd 3pm June 25 Spain v Morocco Kaliningrad 7pm June 25 Iran v Portugal Saransk 7pm June 26 Denmark v France Moscow (Luzhniki) 3pm June 26 Australia v Peru Sochi 3pm June 26 Nigeria v Argentina St Petersburg 7pm June 26 Iceland v Croatia Rostov-on-Don 7pm June 27 South Korea v Germany Kazan 3pm June 27 Mexico v Sweden Ekaterinburg 3pm June 27 Serbia v Brazil Moscow (Spartak) 7pm June 27 Switzerland v Costa Rica Nizhny Novgorod 7pm June 28 Japan v Poland Volgograd 3pm June 28 Senegal v Colombia Samara 3pm June 28 England v Belgium Kaliningrad 7pm June 28 Panama v Tunisia Saransk 7pm LAST 16 June 30 1C v 2D (Match 50) Kazan 3pm June 30 1A v 2B (Match 49) Sochi 7pm July 1 1B v 2A (Match 51) Moscow 3pm July 1 1D v 2C (Match 52) Nizhny Novgorod 7pm July 2 1E v 2F (Match 53) Samara 3pm July 2 1G v 2H (Match 54) Rostov-on-Don 7pm July 3 1F v 2E (Match 55) St Petersburg 3pm July 3 1H v 2G (Match 56) Moscow (Spartak) 7pm QUARTER-FINALS July 6 Winner 49 v winner 50 (57) Nizhny Novgorod 3pm July 6 Winner 53 v winner 54 (58) Kazan 7pm July 7 Winner 55 v winner 56 (60) Samara 3pm July 7 Winner 51 v winner 52 (59) Sochi 7pm SEMI-FINALS July 10 Winner 57 v winner 58 St Petersburg 7pm July 11 Winner 59 v winner 60 Moscow (Luzhniki) 7pm THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF July 14 Losers of two semi-finals St Petersburg 3pm FINAL July 15 Winners of two-semi-finals Moscow (Luzhniki) 4pm

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