We take a closer look at all eight of the groups and predict which sides will make it through to the last-16 stage.
The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia was held at the Kremlin Palace on Friday
GROUP A Predictions
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
A pretty favourable draw for the host nation that should sustain local interest and excitement for a fair while.
Likely qualifiers: Uruguay and Russia.
Russian president Vladimir Putin addresses the hall at the beginning of the World Cup draw
GROUP B Predictions
Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
It’s tricky to look beyond the two Iberian nations to progress in what is a very favourable draw for them.
Likely qualifiers: Spain and Portugal
Russian ballet dancers perform behind the World Cup trophy at the draw on Friday evening
GROUP C Predictions
France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
A really good draw for France, who are listed among the favourites to win the competition given their incredible squad strength in depth.
They should top the group and then it’ll likely be between Denmark just ahead of Peru for second spot.
Likely qualifiers: France and Denmark
French legend and 1998 World Cup winner Laurent Blanc was part of the draw in Moscow
GROUP D Predictions
Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Iceland may have performed incredibly at Euro 2016 but they’ll really have to go some to get out of this group.
Likely qualifiers: Argentina and Croatia
Argentina legend Diego Maradona was one of those who pulled the balls out of the pots
GROUP E Predictions
Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
This should be a cruise for Brazil, who are arguably favourites to win the whole thing given their form in qualifying.
Switzerland would probably have the edge on Costa Rica and Serbia to make it through in second spot.
Likely qualifiers: Brazil and Switzerland
Brazilian legend Pele watches the World Cup draw intently at the Kremlin Palace
GROUP F Predictions
Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
You can’t imagine too many headaches for the reigning champions Germany but it might have been an easier draw.
Behind them, it should be Mexico but both Sweden and South Korea will fancy their chances of sneaking into second.
Likely qualifiers: Germany and Mexico
Germany coach Joachim Low, who won the tournament in 2014, looked happy with the draw
GROUP G Predictions