THERE wasn’t much pot luck for the Socceroos, who have landed themselves in another tough World Cup group for Russia 2018.
Australia were drawn in Group C alongside France, Peru and Denmark.
Their first match will be against France at Kazan Arena on June 16.
Fortunately, Kazan is where the Socceroos will be based for the tournament.
But it will be a tough assignment for Australia. France boast a team of superstars and are on the rise, while Denmark are full of quality themselves.
The Socceroos will fancy themselves against Peru though, who qualified via a play off against New Zealand, but hardly offered much.
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The draw took place at 6pm local time on Friday evening, 2am (EDT) on Saturday.
It was a snowy evening in Moscow as officials, dignitaries and media made their way to the historic Kremlin State Palace.
Socceroos assistant coach Ante Milicic was there to represent Australia – the only country of the 32 participants without a head coach.
FFA boss David Gallop couldn’t make the long trip, with the AGM having taken place in Sydney on Thursday.
After football’s royalty walked the red carpet, including Diego Maradona, Pele, Gordon Banks and Cafu, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin made the opening address to get official proceedings under way.
There was some entertainment, but inside the Hall anticipation was building ahead of the draw.
England’s Gary Lineker was the draw host and he was assisted by Diego Maradona, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Carlos Puyol, Fabio Cannavaro, Gordon Banks and Diego Forlan.
2018 World Cup draw
- Group A
- Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
- Group B
- Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco
- Group C
- France, Peru, Australia, Denmark
- Group D
- Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
- Group E
- Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
- Group F
- Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
- Group G
- Belguim, England, Tunisia, Panama
- Group H
- Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan