The Saturday draw sent Romania to Group E of Europe’s qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, alongside Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia and Kazakhstan.
Montenegro, Armenia and Kazakhstan have never been in a final tournament of the World Cup. Moreover, group seed Romania was spared some strong second seeds, such as France or Italy.
The draw in St Petersburg produced the following results:
The group winners advance directly to the World Cup finals; four out of eight runners-up will qualify after playoffs. Hosts Russia qualify automatically, so 14 European teams will be in the 2018 competition.
The preliminaries are scheduled as follows: first, second and fourth rounds in 2016, on September 4-6, October 6-8, October 9-11 and November 11-13 respectively; fifth through tenth round in 2017, on March 24-26, June 9-11, August 31-September 2, September 3-5, October 5-7 and October 8-10. Playoffs will be held in 2017 – the first leg on November 9-11, and the second in November 12-14, Agerpres informs.
The final in Russia will play from June 14 through July 15 2018.