Spain's Lopetegui: Group B draw will demand the best of us

Neymar, Thomas Muller, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard

The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo's European champions Portugal, while England will face a talented Belgium side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Atlas Lions were paired with the reigning European champions, the 2010 World Cup champions and their Asian counterparts at the State Kremlin Palace on Friday.

Iran become the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as they beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in Tehran in June.

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Neymar's Brazil must negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as the South Americans seek a sixth title.

"It is a complicated, difficult and hard group, but it couldn't be any other way in a World Cup", he said to the Spanish media after the draw. "I've always said they are one of the favorites to [win] the World Cup and Portugal have to do what they have to do, which is to try to win each game".

"Other countries have been watching us over the last few years and they have progressed and they have great players". Commenting on Morocco's next opponents, the Frenchman said that the Lions will play against "two monsters", referring to Portugal and Spain "which everyone wanted to avoid in this pot". "This will be an exciting World Cup". "They are going to demand the best of us", he added.

Brazil are the record five-time champions but were left reeling following a thumping 7-1 defeat to Germany on home soil in the semifinals at the 2014 World Cup.

Portugal and neighbouring Spain will go head-to-head at the World Cup in Russian Federation next year, along with Morocco and Iran following Friday's draw.

France heads Group C, slotted with three teams who needed the playoffs to reach Russia: Australia, Denmark and Peru.

Also in the group are Uruguay and Egypt.

La Roja have overcome their Iberian neighbours in their past two meetings in major competitions and have gone on to win the title after those encounters. "It's going to be a hard tournament", Santos added.

Lopetegui highlighted that Morocco "have very interesting players and the majority of them play in Europe, also they have not lost any games".

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