Group reaction to the draw

Group reaction to the draw

Group-by-group reaction to the World Cup draw on Friday:

Favourites given favourable draw

Favourites given favourable draw

The favourites to win next year’s World Cup in Russia were given navigable paths to the last 16 with the coaches of Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain having reason to feel reasonably optimistic after Friday’s draw.

Morocco launch World Cup bid

Morocco launch World Cup bid

Morocco and the three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada formally confirmed their bids to host the 2026 World Cup on Thursday's deadline.

Qatar reveal reusable stadium

Qatar on Sunday unveiled the design for what it claims is the World Cup's first 'reusable' stadium, the seventh of eight expected venues that will stage games during the 2022 tournament.

Senegal cap qualification with victory

Senegal cap qualification with victory

Senegal had a second World Cup victory over South Africa in a week to celebrate their qualification for Russia 2018.

Draw confirms Tunisian place

Draw confirms Tunisian place

Tunisia booked their place in next year’s World Cup finals after securing a point from a goalless draw at home against neighbours Libya on Saturday.

Morocco make it to World Cup

Morocco make it to World Cup

Goals from defenders Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia handed Morocco a 2-0 away win over the Ivory Coast on Saturday in their last World Cup qualifier and booked a return to the finals for the first time in two decades.

Senegal return to the World Cup party

Senegal return to the World Cup party

Sadio Mane played the leading role to take Senegal to next year’s World Cup in Russia, as they beat South Africa 2-0 away on Friday to take an unassailable lead in Group D of the African qualifiers.

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