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European teams learn World Cup qualifying fate

Published: Saturday 25 July 2015, 19.30CET
Europe's 52 entrants discovered their route to the 2018 FIFA World Cup following the qualifying draw on Saturday, with UEFA EURO 2012 finalists Spain and Italy set to meet.
European teams learn World Cup qualifying fate
The 52 European entrants were drawn into seven groups of six and two of five ©Getty Images

Published: Saturday 25 July 2015, 19.30CET

European teams learn World Cup qualifying fate

Europe's 52 entrants discovered their route to the 2018 FIFA World Cup following the qualifying draw on Saturday, with UEFA EURO 2012 finalists Spain and Italy set to meet.

Europe's 52 entrants have learned their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying fate following the draw in St Petersburg on Saturday.

All the UEFA national associations were involved except for Russia, who qualify automatically as hosts, and non-FIFA members Gibraltar. They were drawn into seven groups of six teams and two of five. Among the most eye-catching sections is Group G, which will see UEFA EURO 2012 finalists Spain and Italy meet once more. Elsewhere, UEFA EURO 2016 hosts France will play the Netherlands in Group A, England face Scotland in Group F and holders Germany come up against Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino in Group C.

The draw
Group A
Netherlands
France
Sweden
Bulgaria
Belarus
Luxembourg

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Group B
Portugal
Switzerland
Hungary
Faroe Islands
Latvia
Andorra

Group C
Germany
Czech Republic
Northern Ireland
Norway
Azerbaijan
San Marino

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Group D
Wales
Austria
Serbia
Republic of Ireland
Moldova
Georgia

Group E
Romania
Denmark
Poland
Montenegro
Armenia
Kazakhstan

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Group F
England
Slovakia
Scotland
Slovenia
Lithuania
Malta

Group G
Spain
Italy
Albania
Israel
FYR Macedonia
Liechtenstein

Watch Iceland top EURO qualifying Group A

Group H
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Greece
Estonia
Cyprus

Group I
Croatia
Iceland
Ukraine
Turkey
Finland

• The nine group winners will advance directly to the final tournament, with the eight best runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceeding to play-offs to decide the remaining four European berths.

• Fixtures for all groups will be confirmed on Sunday as well as centralised friendlies involving Russia and the teams in the five-sided Group H.

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The Luzhniki Stadium will stage the final

Road to Russia
Matchday 1: 4–6 September 2016
Matchday 2: 6–8 October 2016
Matchday 3: 9–11 October 2016
Matchday 4: 11–13 November 2016
Matchday 5: 24–26 March 2017
Matchday 6: 9–11 June 2017
Matchday 7: 31 August–2 September 2017
Matchday 8: 3–5 September 2017
Matchday 9: 5–7 October 2017
Matchday 10: 8–10 October 2017
Play-off first leg: 9–11 November 2017
Play-off second leg: 12–14 November 2017
Final tournament (Russia): 14 June–15 July 2018

Continental allocations
Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
Europe: 13
North, Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5
Hosts: 1 (Russia)

Last updated: 27/07/15 10.49CET

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