MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS/. The Russian national football team has been placed into a group of equal opponents for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted by 11 cities across Russia, Vitaly Mutko, a Russian deputy prime minister, said on Friday.
"It is hard to make predictions whether Russia will make it (to the play-offs)," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), told journalists. "The group is equal and all teams have the chances. This is a normal group."
The State Kremlin Palace in the Russian capital of Moscow hosted on Friday night the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, fixing opponents in eight different groups made of 32 national football teams, which qualified for the much-anticipated quadrennial world football championship.
Russia as the hosting country skipped the qualifying campaign and was placed in Group A alongside with national football squads from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.
Eleven cities across the country will host the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.