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World Cup draw: Mexico faces tough road; rivals Portugal, Spain to meet in group opener

World Cup draw: Mexico faces tough road; rivals Portugal, Spain to meet in group opener

Mexico’s preparation for next summer’s World Cup couldn’t have gone much better.

It lost just once in 16 qualifiers, winning the regional tournament for the first time in a generation. In the last five months it has held its own in games against Belgium, Portugal and Poland, all ranked among the top six in the world. And its two-year record under Juan Carlos Osorio is the best of any national team manager who has coached more than 16 games.

All that might have been wiped out Friday, however, when the World Cup draw in Moscow placed El Tri in a group with defending champion Germany, Sweden and South Korea.

The World Cup will kick off June 14 with Russia, the host...

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