The 2018 World Cup drew one step closer with the Final Draw overnight in Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace, hosted by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. 

Australia was drawn in Group C with France (ranked 9th in the world), Denmark (12th) and Peru (11th). The draw has drawn favourable response from many Socceroos fans including Football Today's Pablo Bateson who remarked on Twitter that he is “happy with the Draw” and hopes to see us go through to the next stage with two wins.

Australia's match schedule is:

  • France: 16 June, 1pm local, 8pm AEST in Kazan
  • Denmark:  21 June, 7pm local, 1am AEST in Samara
  • Peru:  26 June, 5pm local, midnight AEST in Sochi

If Australia goes through to the next stage, they will meet a team from Group D: either Argentina, Iceland, Croatia or Nigeria.

Amongst the other Asian confederation teams, Saudi Arabia will play in the opening game against Russia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on 14 June. The other countries in Group A are Egypt and Uruguay. 

Iran is in Group B with Spain, Portugal and Morocco, with their first match against Morocco at the new Saint Petersburg Stadium.

Korea has drawn Germany, Mexico and Sweden in Group F. Champions Germany will meet Mexico in their opening match, whom they defeated 4-1 in the semi-finals of this year's Confederations Cup. Korea meets Sweden in Nizhny Novgorod.

Japan is pitted against Poland, Senegal and Colombia in Group H, and meets Colombia in Saransk in their opening game. 

The Final Draw ceremony took place inside the walls of the Kremlin with Gary Lineker hosting, and the usual array of high-profile names on hand. Players representing the eight previous World Cup-winning nations and the hosts – France’s Laurent Blanc, England’s Gordon Banks, Brazil’s Cafu, Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro, Uruguay’s Diego Forlan, Germany’s Miroslav Klose, Argentina’s Diego Maradona, Spain’s Carles Puyol joined Lineker on stage, as did Russia’s Nikita Simonyan.

In the audience watching were the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who was happy to have his picture taken with football stars and dignitaries, the Chairman of the World Cup Organising Committee and first deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Lothar Matthaeus, Pele, Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldo and many more.

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