It wasn’t a boring World Cup draw, well, except for Vladimir Putin’s speech and the operatic entertainment segment, but it was hardly the most thrilling either.Maybe we expect too much – after all, the action from Friday’s show at the Kremlin in Moscow was only ever going to feature a bunch of former players plucking plastic balls from goldfish bowls.Yet past World Cup draws definitely had a little more intrigue than this one, which not only lacked a “Group of Death” but was also light on big-name battles in the early stages. WORLD CUP DRAW: Full list, scheduleTAKEAWAYS: A closer look at the drawPortugal v. Spain on June 15 – day two of the event – will be a welcome exception, a genuine scrap between two teams with reasons practical, geographical and sentimental for wanting to get the better of the other.Even so, both of them will still feel confident about finishing in the top two in the group and making it into the business end of the event. Most of the strongest countries will feel the same way, a direct result of a new format that saw the seeding pots determined on world ranking rather than regional factors.It is a process… Read full this story
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