2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is being held in Russia this time, with the hosts scheduled to kick off the tournament with an encounter with Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June. A total of 32 nations will participate in the 'Greatest Show on Earth', vying for the coveted trophy.

The absence of four times champions Italy, three times finalists Netherlands and Copa America champions Chile will be felt, but a World Cup is a World Cup and there will be no dearth of excitement.

Two times champions Argentina, the beaten finalists of the last edition, were also on the brink, but a Lionel Messi hattrick sent them through to Russia.

Five times champions Brazil will be out to banish the ghosts of their humiliating loss to eventual champions Germany in 2014 and they are the hottest favourites this time. Four times champions Germany will not let it go so easily though.

Spain, winners of the 2010 edition, and France, champions of 1998, will also be in the running for the title.

The teams have been split into eight groups, with the top two from each of them moving to the last 16. The quarterfinals and the semifinals will follow, before the mega event rounds off with the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on 15 July.

GROUP A

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Egypt

Uruguay

GROUP B

Portugal

Spain

Morocco

Iran

GROUP C

France

Australia

Peru

Denmark

GROUP D

Argentina

Iceland

Croatia

Nigeria

GROUP E

Brazil

Switzerland

Costa Rica

Serbia

GROUP F

Germany

Mexico

Sweden

Korea Republic

GROUP G

Belgium

Panama

Tunisia

England

GROUP H

Poland

Senegal

Colombia

Japan

World Cup Fixture

FIRST STAGE

14 June 2018 Thursday

09:00 PM - Moscow - Group A

Russia

Vs

Saudi Arabia

15 June 2018 Friday

06:00 PM - Ekaterinburg - Group A

Egypt

Vs

Uruguay

09:00 PM - St Petersburg - Group B

Morocco

Vs

Iran

12:00 AM - Sochi - Group B

Portugal

Vs

Spain

16 June 2018 Saturday

04:00 PM - Kazan - Group C

France

Vs

Australia

07:00 PM - Moscow - Group D

Argentina

Vs

Iceland

10:00 PM - Saransk - Group C

Peru

Vs

Denmark

01:00 AM - Kaliningrad - Group D

Croatia

Vs

Nigeria

17 June 2018 Sunday

06:00 PM - Samara - Group E

Costa Rica

Vs

Serbia

09:00 PM - Moscow - Group F

Germany

Vs

Mexico

12:00 AM - Rostov - Group E

Brazil

Vs

Switzerland

18 June 2018 Monday

06:00 PM - Novgorod - Group F

Sweden

Vs

Korea Republic

09:00 PM - Sochi - Group G

Belgium

Vs

Panama

12:00 AM - Volgograd - Group G

Tunisia

Vs

England

19 June 2018 Tuesday

06:00 PM - Moscow - Group H

Poland

Vs

Senegal

09:00 PM - Saransk - Group H

Colombia

Vs

Japan

12:00 AM - St Petersburg - Group A

Russia

Vs

Egypt

20 June 2018 Wednesday

06:00 PM - Moscow - Group B

Portugal

Vs

Morocco

09:00 PM - Rostov - Group A

Uruguay

Vs

Saudi Arabia

12:00 AM - Kazan - Group B

Iran

Vs

Spain

21 June 2018 Thursday

06:00 PM - Ekaterinburg - Group C

France

Vs

Peru

06:00 PM - Samara - Group C

Denmark

Vs

Australia

12:00 AM - Novgorod - Group D

Argentina

Vs

Croatia

22 June 2018 Friday

06:00 PM - St Petersburg - Group E

Brazil

Vs

Costa Rica

09:00 PM - Volgograd - Group D

Nigeria

Vs

Iceland

12:00 AM - Kaliningrad - Group E

Serbia

Vs

Switzerland

23 June 2018 Saturday

06:00 PM - Moscow - Group G

Belgium

Vs

Tunisia

09:00 PM - Rostov - Group F

Korea Republic

Vs

Mexico

12:00 AM - Sochi - Group F

Germany

Vs

Sweden

24 June 2018 Sunday

06:00 PM - Novgorod - Group G

England

Vs

Panama

09:00 PM - Ekaterinburg - Group H

Japan

Vs

Senegal

12:00 am - Kazan - Group H

Poland

Vs

Colombia

25 June 2018 Monday

08:00 PM - Volgograd - Group A

Saudi Arabia

Vs

Egypt

08:00 PM - Samara - Group A

Uruguay

Vs

Russia

12:00 AM - Saransk - Group B

Iran

Vs

Portugal

12:00 AM - Kaliningrad - Group B

Spain

Vs

Morocco

26 June 2018 Tuesday

08:00 PM - Sochi - Group C

Australia

Vs

Peru

08:00 PM - Moscow - Group C

Denmark

Vs

France

12:00 AM - Rostov- Group D

Iceland

Vs

Croatia

12:00 AM - St Petersburg - Group D

Nigeria

Vs

Argentina

27 June 2018 Wednesday

08:00 PM - Kazan - Group F

Korea Republic

Vs

Germany

08:00 PM - Ekaterinburg - Group F

Mexico

Vs

Sweden

12:00 AM - Moscow - Group E

Serbia

Vs

Brazil

12:00 AM - Novgorod - Group E

Switzerland

Vs

Costa Rica

28 June 2018 Thursday

08:00 pm - Volgograd - Group H

Japan

Vs

Poland

08:00 pm - Samara - Group H

Senegal

Vs

Colombia

12:00 AM - Kaliningrad - Group G

England

Vs

Belgium

12:00 AM - Saransk - Group G

Panama

Vs

Tunisia


Second Round

30 June 2018 Saturday

12:00 AM - Sochi

1A

Vs

2B

08:00 PM - Kazan

1C

Vs

2D

1 July 2018 Sunday

08:00 PM - Moscow

1B

Vs

2A

12:00 am - Novgorod

1D

Vs

2C

2 July 2018 Monday

08:00 PM - Samara

1E

Vs

2F

12:00 am - Rostov

1G

Vs

2H

3 July 2018 Tuesday

08:00 PM - St Petersburg

1F

Vs

2E

12:00 am - Moscow

1H

Vs

2G


Quarter-Finals

6 July 2018 Friday

08:00 PM - Novgorod

Winner 49

Vs

Winner 50

12:00 am - Kazan

Winner 53

Vs

Winner 54

7 July 2018 Saturday

12:00 am - Sochi

Winner 51

Vs

Winner 52

08:00 PM - Samara

Winner 55

Vs

Winner 56


Semi-Finals

10 July 2018 Tuesday

12:00 am - St Petersburg

Winner 57

Vs

Winner 58

11 July 2018 Wednesday

12:00 am - Moscow

Winner 59

Vs

Winner 60


Third Place Play-Off

14 July 2018 Sunday

08:00 PM - St Petersburg

Defeated 61

Vs

Defeated 62


Final

15 July 2018 Sunday

09:00 PM - Moscow

Winner 61

Vs

Winner 62

* The fixture follows Bangladesh time.

* Matches scheduled for midnight or after that will in fact be played on the next day. For an example, a match scheduled for 12:00 midnight on 19 June is in fact being played in the first hours of 20 June.

* The matches of the knockout stage (Round of 16) will begin on 30 June. The quarterfinals will be played on 6 and 7 July while the semifinals are slated for 10 and 11 July. The third place play off will be held on 14 July while the final will be played on 15 July.

   
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