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2018 FIFA World Cup


The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member
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associations of FIFA once every four years. It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018.[2]
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This was the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe,[3] and the 11th time that it had been held in Europe. At an estimated cost of over 2018
$14.2 billion, it is the most expensive World Cup ever.[4] It was also the first World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.[5][6] Chempionat mira po futbolu FIFA
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The finals involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while the host nation qualified automatically. Of the 32 teams, 20 had
also appeared in the last tournament in 2014, while both Iceland and Panama made their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. A total of 64 matches
were played in 12 venues across 11 cities.[7] The final took place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with France and Croatia competing for
the World Cup. France won the match 4–2 to claim their second World Cup title, marking the fourth consecutive title won by a European team, after
Italy in 2006, Spain in 2010 and Germany in 2014.

Contents
Host selection
Criticism
Teams
Qualification
2018 FIFA World Cup official logo
Draw
Squads Tournament details

Officiating Host country Russia


Video assistant referees Dates 14 June – 15 July
Venues Teams 32 (from 5
Stadiums confederations)
Team base camps
Venue(s) 12 (in 11 host cities)
Preparation and costs
Final positions
Budget
Infrastructure spending Champions France (2nd title)
Volunteers Runners-up Croatia
Transport Third place Belgium
Schedule Fourth place England
Opening ceremony Tournament statistics
Group stage Matches played 64
Tiebreakers
Group A
Goals scored 169 (2.64 per match)
Group B Attendance 3,031,768 (47,371
Group C per match)
Group D Top scorer(s) Harry Kane
Group E (6 goals)[1]
Group F
Best player Luka Modrić[1]
Group G
Group H Best young Kylian Mbappé[1]
player
Knockout stage
Bracket Best Thibaut
Round of 16 goalkeeper Courtois[1]
Quarter-finals Fair play award Spain[1]
Semi-finals
Third place play-off
Final

Statistics
Goalscorers
Discipline
Awards
Prize money

Marketing
Branding
Mascot
Ticketing
Match ball
Merchandise
Official song
Controversies
Host selection
Response to Skripal poisoning
Broadcasting rights
Sponsorship
See also
Notes
References
External links

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Host selection
The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February
2009 to register their interest.[8] Initially, nine countries placed bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings,[9] and
Indonesia's bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian government failed to submit a letter to support the bid.[10] During the bidding
process, the three remaining non-UEFA nations (Australia, Japan, and the United States) gradually withdrew from the 2018 bids, and the UEFA nations
were thus ruled out of the 2022 bid. As such, there were eventually four bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, two of which were joint bids: England, Russia,
Netherlands/Belgium, and Portugal/Spain.

The 22-member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments.[11] Russia won the
right to be the 2018 host in the second round of voting. The Portugal/Spain bid came second, and that from Belgium/Netherlands third. England, which Russian bid personnel celebrate the
was bidding to host its second tournament, was eliminated in the first round.[12] awarding of the 2018 World Cup to
Russia on 2 December 2010.
The voting results were as follows:[13]

2018 FIFA bidding (majority 12 votes)

Votes
Bidders
Round 1 Round 2

Russia 9 13

Portugal / Spain 7 7

Belgium / Netherlands 4 2 President Vladimir Putin holding the


FIFA World Cup Trophy at a pre-
England 2 Eliminated
tournament ceremony in Moscow on
9 September 2017

Criticism
The English Football Association and others raised concerns of bribery on the part of the Russian team and corruption from FIFA members. They claimed that four
members of the executive committee had requested bribes to vote for England, and Sepp Blatter had said that it had already been arranged before the vote that
Russia would win.[14] The 2014 Garcia Report, an internal investigation led by Michael J. Garcia, was withheld from public release by Hans-Joachim Eckert, FIFA's
head of adjudication on ethical matters. Eckert instead released a shorter revised summary, and his (and therefore FIFA's) reluctance to publish the full report
caused Garcia to resign in protest.[15] Because of the controversy, the FA refused to accept Eckert's absolving of Russia from blame, with Greg Dyke calling for a re-
examination of the affair and David Bernstein calling for a boycott of the World Cup.[16][17]

Teams
The 100-ruble
Qualification commemorative banknote
celebrates the 2018 FIFA
For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, all eligible nations – the 209 FIFA member associations minus automatically qualified hosts Russia –
World Cup. It features an
applied to enter the qualifying process.[18] Zimbabwe and Indonesia were later disqualified before playing their first matches,[19][20] while Gibraltar and Kosovo,
image of Soviet goalkeeper
who joined FIFA on 13 May 2016 after the qualifying draw but before European qualifying had begun, also entered the competition.[21] Places in the tournament Lev Yashin.
were allocated to continental confederations, with the allocation unchanged from the 2014 World Cup.[22][23] The first qualification game, between Timor-Leste and
Mongolia, began in Dili on 12 March 2015 as part of the AFC's qualification,[24] and the main qualifying draw took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna,
Saint Petersburg, on 25 July 2015.[25][26][27][2]

Of the 32 nations qualified to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 20 countries competed at the previous tournament in 2014. Both Iceland and Panama qualified for the first time, with the former
becoming the smallest country in terms of population to reach the World Cup.[28] Other teams returning after absences of at least three tournaments include: Egypt, returning to the finals after their
last appearance in 1990; Morocco, who last competed in 1998; Peru, returning after 1982; and Senegal, competing for the second time after reaching the quarter-finals in 2002. It is the first time
three Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland and Sweden) and four Arab nations (Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia) have qualified for the World Cup.[29]

Notable countries that failed to qualify include four-time champions Italy (for the first time since 1958), three-time runners-up and third placed in 2014 the Netherlands (for the first time since
2002), and four reigning continental champions: 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon, two-time Copa América champions and 2017 Confederations Cup runners-up Chile, 2016 OFC
Nations Cup winners New Zealand, and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions United States (for the first time since 1986). The other notable qualifying streaks broken were for Ghana and Ivory
Coast, who had both made the previous three tournaments.[30]

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate positions in the FIFA World Rankings at the time of the tournament.[31]

AFC (5) CONCACAF (3) UEFA (14)

Australia (36) Costa Rica (23) Belgium (3)


Iran (37) Mexico (15) Croatia (20)
Japan (61) Panama (55) Denmark (12)
Saudi Arabia (67) England (12)
CONMEBOL (5)
South Korea (57) France (7)
Germany (1) Qualified
Argentina (5)
CAF (5) Did not qualify
Brazil (2) Iceland (22)
Disqualified
Egypt (45) Colombia (16) Poland (8)
Not a FIFA member
Morocco (41) Peru (11) Portugal (4)
Nigeria (48) Uruguay (14) Russia (70) (host)
Senegal (27) Serbia (34)
OFC (0) Spain (10)
Tunisia (21)
Sweden (24)
None qualified
Switzerland (6)

Draw
The draw was held on 1 December 2017 at 18:00 MSK at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.[32][33] The 32 teams were drawn into 8 groups of 4, by selecting one team from each of the 4 ranked pots.

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For the draw, the teams were allocated to four pots based on the FIFA World Rankings of October 2017. Pot 1 contained the hosts Russia (who were automatically assigned to position A1) and the best
seven teams, pot 2 contained the next best eight teams, and so on for pots 3 and 4.[34] This was different from previous draws, when only pot 1 was based on FIFA rankings while the remaining pots
were based on geographical considerations. However, teams from the same confederation still were not drawn against each other for the group stage, except that two UEFA teams could be in each
group.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Russia (65) (hosts) Spain (8) Denmark (19) Serbia (38)


Germany (1) Peru (10) Iceland (21) Nigeria (41)
Brazil (2) Switzerland (11) Costa Rica (22) Australia (43)
Portugal (3) England (12) Sweden (25) Japan (44)
Argentina (4) Colombia (13) Tunisia (28) Morocco (48)
Belgium (5) Mexico (16) Egypt (30) Panama (49)
Poland (6) Uruguay (17) Senegal (32) South Korea (62)
France (7) Croatia (18) Iran (34) Saudi Arabia (63)

Squads
Initially, each team had to name a preliminary squad of 30 players but, in February 2018, this was increased to 35.[35] From the preliminary squad, the
team had to name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 4 June. Players in the final squad may be replaced for serious injury
up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match and such replacements do not need to have been named in the preliminary squad.[36]

For players named in the 35-player preliminary squad, there was a mandatory rest period between 21 and 27 May 2018, except for those involved in the
2018 UEFA Champions League Final played on 26 May.[37]

Officiating Croatia players after the 2018 World


Cup Final against France
On 29 March 2018, FIFA released the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected to oversee matches.[38] On 30 April 2018, FIFA released the list of
13 video assistant referees, who solely acted in this capacity in the tournament.[39]

Referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi of Saudi Arabia was removed in 30 May 2018 over a match-fixing attempt,[40] along with his two assistant referees, compatriots Mohammed Al-Abakry and Abdulah Al-
Shalwai. A new referee was not appointed, but two assistant referees, Hasan Al Mahri of the United Arab Emirates and Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan, were added to the list.[41][42] Assistant referee
Marwa Range of Kenya also withdrew after the BBC released an investigation conducted by a Ghanaian journalist which implicated Marwa in a bribery scandal.[43]

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List of officials

Confederation Referee Assistant referees Video assistant referees

Reza Sokhandan (Iran)


Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran)

Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)


Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)

Mohamed Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)


AFC Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates) Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Hasan Al Mahri (United Arab Emirates)

Toru Sagara (Japan)


Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Hiroshi Yamauchi (Japan)

Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)


Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Taleb Al Maari (Qatar)

Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria) Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)

Djibril Camara (Senegal)


Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
El Hadji Samba (Senegal)

Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)


Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
CAF
Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
Waleed Ahmed (Sudan)

Jerson Dos Santos (Angola)


Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Zakhele Siwela (South Africa)

Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)

Juan Zumba (El Salvador)


Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Juan Carlos Mora (Costa Rica)

Frank Anderson (United States)


Mark Geiger (United States)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)

CONCACAF Jair Marrufo (United States) Corey Rockwell (United States)

Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)

John Pitti (Panama) Gabriel Victoria (Panama)

Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)


César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
Miguel Hernández (Mexico)

Carlos Astroza (Chile)


Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
Christian Schiemann (Chile)

Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay)


Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
Juan Zorrilla (Paraguay)

Nicolás Tarán (Uruguay)


Andrés Cunha (Uruguay) Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
CONMEBOL Gery Vargas (Bolivia)
Hernán Maidana (Argentina) Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)

Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)


Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)

Alexander Guzmán (Colombia)


Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Cristian de la Cruz (Colombia)

Simon Lount (New Zealand)


Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
OFC Tevita Makasini (Tonga)

Norbert Hauata (Tahiti) Bertrand Brial (New Caledonia)

Mark Borsch (Germany)


Felix Brych (Germany)
Stefan Lupp (Germany)

Bahattin Duran (Turkey)


Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)

Anton Averianov (Russia)


Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Tikhon Kalugin (Russia)

Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)


Björn Kuipers (Netherlands) Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland) Paweł Gil (Poland)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland) Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
UEFA Tiago Martins (Portugal)
Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain) Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Roberto Díaz Pérez (Spain) Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Paolo Valeri (Italy)
Milovan Ristić (Serbia)
Milorad Mažić (Serbia) Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia)

Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)


Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Mauro Tonolini (Italy)

Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia)


Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Robert Vukan (Slovenia)

Cyril Gringore (France)


Clément Turpin (France)
Nicolas Danos (France)

Video assistant referees


Shortly after the International Football Association Board's decision to incorporate video assistant referees (VARs) into the Laws of the Game, on 16 March 2018, the FIFA Council took the much-
anticipated step of approving the use of VAR for the first time in a FIFA World Cup tournament.[44][45]

VAR operations for all games are operating from a single headquarters in Moscow, which receives live video of the games and are in radio contact with the on-field referees.[46] Systems are in place for

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communicating VAR-related information to broadcasters and visuals on stadiums' large screens are used for the fans in attendance.[46]

VAR had a significant impact in several games.[47] On 15 June 2018, Diego Costa's goal against Portugal became the first World Cup goal based on a VAR
decision;[48] the first penalty as a result of a VAR decision was awarded to France in their match against Australia on 16 June and resulted in a goal by
Antoine Griezmann.[49] A record number of penalties were awarded in the tournament, with this phenomenon being partially attributed to VAR.[50] Overall,
the new technology has been both praised and criticised by commentators.[51] FIFA declared the implementation of VAR a success after the first week of
competition.[52]

Venues VAR in use in during the Group D


Russia proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, match between Nigeria and Iceland,
Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg.[53] Most cities are in European Russia, while Sochi[54] and Yekaterinburg[55] are very close to the Europe- at Volgograd.

Asia border, to reduce travel time for the teams in the huge country. The bid evaluation report stated: "The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16
stadiums, thus exceeding FIFA's minimum requirement. Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed."[56]

In October 2011, Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16 to 14. Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was cancelled by the regional government, and also in
the capital, Otkrytiye Arena was competing with Dynamo Stadium over which would be constructed first.[57]

The final choice of host cities was announced on 29 September 2012. The number of cities was further reduced to 11 and number of stadiums to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the
final list. Of the 12 stadiums used for the tournament, 3 (Luzhniki, Yekaterinburg and Sochi) have been extensively renovated and the other 9 stadiums to be used are brand new; $11.8 billion has
been spent on hosting the tournament.[58]

Sepp Blatter stated in July 2014 that, given the concerns over the completion of venues in Russia, the number of venues for the tournament may be reduced from 12 to 10. He also said, "We are not
going to be in a situation, as is the case of one, two or even three stadiums in South Africa, where it is a problem of what you do with these stadiums".[59]

In October 2014, on their first official visit to Russia, FIFA's inspection committee and its head Chris Unger visited St Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan and both
Moscow venues. They were satisfied with the progress.[60]

On 8 October 2015, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee agreed on the official names of the stadiums used during the tournament.[61]

Of the twelve venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium – the two largest stadiums in Russia – were used most, both
hosting seven matches. Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara all hosted six matches, including one quarter-final match each, while the Otkrytiye
Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don hosted five matches, including one round-of-16 match each. Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk
all hosted four matches, but did not host any knockout stage games.

Reconstruction of the Yekaterinburg


Stadiums Central Stadium in January 2017
A total of twelve stadiums in eleven Russian cities have been built and renovated for the FIFA World Cup.[62]

Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad Stadium. The first piles were driven into the ground in September 2015. On 11 April 2018 the new stadium hosted its first
match.
Kazan: Kazan Arena. The stadium was built for the 2013 Summer Universiade. It has since hosted the 2015 World Aquatics Championship and the
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The stadium serves as a home arena to FC Rubin Kazan.
Moscow: Luzhniki Stadium. The largest stadium in the country was closed for renovation in 2013. The stadium was commissioned in November 2017.
Moscow: Spartak Stadium. The stadium is a home arena to its namesake FC Spartak Moscow. In accordance with the FIFA requirements, during the
2018 World Cup it is called Spartak Stadium instead of its usual name Otkritie Arena. The stadium hosted its first match on 5 September 2014.
Nizhny Novgorod: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. The construction of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium commenced in 2015. The project was completed in
December 2017.[63] Exterior of Otkrytie Arena in
Rostov-on-Don: Rostov Arena. The stadium is located on the left bank of the Don River. The stadium construction was completed on 22 December Moscow
2017.
Saint Petersburg: Saint Petersburg Stadium. The construction of the stadium commenced in 2007. The project was officially completed on 29
December 2016.[64] The stadium has hosted games of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and will serve as a venue for UEFA Euro 2020.
Samara: Samara Arena. The construction officially started on 21 July 2014. The project was completed on 21 April 2018.
Saransk: Mordovia Arena. The stadium in Saransk was scheduled to be commissioned in 2012 in time for the opening of the all-Russian Spartakiad, but the plan was revised. The opening was
rescheduled to 2017. The arena hosted its first match on 21 April 2018.
Sochi: Fisht Stadium. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Afterwards, it was renovated in preparation for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
and 2018 World Cup.
Volgograd: Volgograd Arena. The main arena of Volgograd was built on the demolished Central Stadium site, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex. The stadium was
commissioned on 3 April 2018.[65]
Yekaterinburg: Ekaterinburg Arena. The Central Stadium of Yekaterinburg has been renovated for the FIFA World Cup. The arena's stands have a capacity of 35,000 spectators. The renovation
project was completed in December 2017.

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Moscow Saint Petersburg Sochi

Otkritie Arena Krestovsky Stadium Fisht Olympic Stadium


Luzhniki Stadium
(Spartak Stadium) (Saint Petersburg Stadium) (Fisht Stadium)

Capacity: 78,011[66] Capacity: 44,190[67] Capacity: 64,468[68] Capacity: 44,287[69]

Volgograd Rostov-on-Don

Volgograd Arena Rostov Arena

Capacity: 43,713[70] Capacity: 43,472[71]

Saint
Petersburg

Nizhny
Kaliningrad Novgorod Yekaterinburg
Nizhny Novgorod Kazan
Moscow Kazan
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Kazan Arena
Saransk Samara
Capacity: 43,319[72] Capacity: 42,873[73]

Volgograd

Rostov-on-
Don

Sochi

Samara Saransk Kaliningrad Yekaterinburg

Cosmos Arena Central Stadium


Mordovia Arena Kaliningrad Stadium
(Samara Arena) (Ekaterinburg Arena)

Capacity: 41,970[74] Capacity: 41,685[75] Capacity: 33,973[76] Capacity: 33,061[77]

Team base camps


Base camps were used by the 32 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. On 9 February 2018, FIFA announced the base camps for each participating team.[78]

Argentina: Bronnitsy, Moscow Oblast France: Istra, Moscow Oblast Portugal: Ramenskoye, Moscow Oblast
Australia: Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan Germany: Vatutinki, Moscow[81] Russia: Khimki, Moscow Oblast
Belgium: Krasnogorsky, Moscow Oblast Iceland: Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai Saudi Arabia: Saint Petersburg
Brazil: Sochi, Krasnodar Krai Iran: Bakovka, Moscow Oblast Senegal: Kaluga, Kaluga Oblast
Colombia: Verkhneuslonsky, Republic of Tatarstan Japan: Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan Serbia: Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad Oblast
Costa Rica: Saint Petersburg Mexico: Khimki, Moscow Oblast South Korea: Saint Petersburg
Croatia: Roshchino, Leningrad Oblast[79] Morocco: Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast Spain: Krasnodar, Krasnodar Krai
Denmark: Anapa, Krasnodar Krai Nigeria: Yessentuki, Stavropol Krai Sweden: Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai
Egypt: Grozny, Chechen Republic Panama: Saransk, Republic of Mordovia Switzerland: Togliatti, Samara Oblast
England: Repino, Saint Petersburg[80] Peru: Moscow Tunisia: Pervomayskoye, Moscow Oblast
Poland: Sochi, Krasnodar Krai Uruguay: Bor, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast

Preparation and costs

Budget
At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion as of June 2018,[4] it is the most expensive World Cup in history, surpassing the cost of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[82]

The Russian government had originally earmarked a budget of around $20 billion[83] which was later slashed to $10 billion for the preparations of the World Cup, of which half is spent on transport
infrastructure.[84] As part of the program for preparation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a federal sub-program "Construction and Renovation of Transport Infrastructure" was implemented with a total
budget of 352.5 billion rubles, with 170.3 billion coming from the federal budget, 35.1 billion from regional budgets, and 147.1 billion from investors.[85] The biggest item of federal spending was the
aviation infrastructure (117.8 billion rubles).[86] Construction of new hotels was a crucial area of infrastructure development in the World Cup host cities. Costs continued to balloon as preparations
were underway.[82]

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Infrastructure spending
Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don was upgraded with automated air traffic control systems, modern surveillance, navigation, communication,
control, and meteorological support systems.[87] Koltsovo Airport in Yekaterinburg was upgraded with radio-engineering tools for flight operation and
received its second runway strip. Saransk Airport received a new navigation system; the city also got two new hotels, Mercure Saransk Centre (Accor
Hotels) and Four Points by Sheraton Saransk (Starwood Hotels) as well as few other smaller accommodation facilities.[88] In Samara, new tram lines were
laid.[89] Khrabrovo Airport in Kaliningrad was upgraded with radio navigation and weather equipment.[90] Renovation and upgrade of radio-engineering
tools for flight operation was completed in the airports of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Volgograd, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Sochi.[87] On 27 March,
the Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector of Russia reported that all communications within its area of responsibility have been Scale model of the Volgograd
commissioned. The last facility commissioned was a waste treatment station in Volgograd. In Yekaterinburg, where four matches are hosted, hosting costs
Arena. Construction began in 2015.
increased to over 7.4 billion rubles, over-running the 5.6 billion rubles originally allocated from the state and regional budget.[91]

Volunteers
Volunteer applications to the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee opened on 1 June 2016. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Volunteer Program
received about 177,000 applications,[92] and engaged a total of 35,000 volunteers.[93] They received training at 15 Volunteer Centres of the Local Organising
Committee based in 15 universities, and in Volunteer Centres in the host cities. Preference, especially in the key areas, was given to those with knowledge of
foreign languages and volunteering experience, but not necessarily to Russian nationals.[94]

Transport
Free public transport services were offered for ticketholders during the World Cup, including additional trains linking between host cities, as well as
Volunteer flag bearers on the field
services such as bus service within them.[95][96][97] prior to Belgium's (flag depicted)
group stage match against Tunisia
Schedule
The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July 2015 (without kick-off times, which were confirmed later).[98][99] On 1 December 2017, following the
final draw, six kick-off times were adjusted by FIFA.[100]

Russia was placed in position A1 in the group stage and played in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia,
the two lowest ranked teams of the tournament at the time of the final draw.[101] The Luzhniki Stadium also hosted the second semi-final on 11 July and the
final on 15 July. The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg hosted the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place play-off on 14 July.[102][22]

Opening ceremony Launching of a 1,000 days


countdown in Moscow
The opening ceremony took place on Thursday, 14 June 2018, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, preceding
the opening match of the tournament between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.[103][104]

Former Brazilian World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo walked out with a child wearing a Russia 2018 shirt. English pop singer Robbie Williams then
performed two songs before he and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performed a duet while other performers emerged, dressed in the flags of all 32 teams
and carrying a sign bearing the name of each nation. Dancers were also present.[105] Ronaldo returned with the official match ball of the 2018 World Cup
which was sent into space with the International Space Station crew in March and came back to Earth in early June.[105]

Soprano Aida Garifullina and pop


singer Robbie Williams singing
Group stage
"Angels" at the opening ceremony Competing countries were divided into eight groups of four teams (groups
A to H). Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin basis,
with the top two teams of each group advancing to the knockout stage. Ten
European teams and four South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico.

For the first time since 1938, Germany (reigning champions) did not advance past the first round. For the first time
since 1982, no African team progressed to the second round. For the first time, the fair play criteria came into use,
when Japan qualified over Senegal due to having received fewer yellow cards. Only one match, France v Denmark,
was goalless. Until then there were a record 36 straight games in which at least one goal was scored.[106]

All times listed below are local time.[100]


Champions Third place Quarter-finals
Runners-up Fourth place Round of 16
Tiebreakers
The ranking of teams in the group stage is determined as follows:[36][107]

1. Points obtained in all group matches;


2. Goal difference in all group matches;
3. Number of goals scored in all group matches;
4. Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
5. Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question;
6. Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
7. Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction can be applied to a player in a single match):

Yellow card: –1 points;


Indirect red card (second yellow card): –3 points;
Direct red card: –4 points;
Yellow card and direct red card: –5 points;
8. Drawing of lots.

Group A

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Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification

1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9
Advance to knockout stage
2 Russia (H) 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6

3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3

4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Pre-match ceremony prior to the
Source: FIFA (https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html) opening game, Russia v Saudi
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers Arabia
(H) Host.

14 June 2018 Russia 5–0 Saudi Arabia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow


18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 78,011[108]
Gazinsky 12' Report
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Cheryshev 43', 90+1'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
Dzyuba 71'
/match/300331503/)
Golovin 90+4'

15 June 2018 Egypt 0–1 Uruguay Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg


17:00 YEKT (UTC+5) Attendance: 27,015[109]
Report Giménez 89' Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300353632/)

19 June 2018 Russia 3–1 Egypt Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 64,468[110]
Fathy 47' (o.g.) Report Salah 73' (pen.) Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
Cheryshev 59'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
Dzyuba 62'
/match/300331495/)
20 June 2018 Uruguay 1–0 Saudi Arabia Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 42,678[111]
Suárez 23' Report
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331530/)

25 June 2018 Uruguay 3–0 Russia Cosmos Arena, Samara


18:00 SAMT (UTC+4) Attendance: 41,970[112]
Suárez 10' Report
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Cheryshev 23' (o.g.)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
Cavani 90'
/match/300331516/)
25 June 2018 Saudi Arabia 2–1 Egypt Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 36,823[113]
Al-Faraj 45+6' (pen.) Report Salah 22' Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Al-Dawsari 90+5'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331509/)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification

1 Spain 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5
Advance to knockout stage
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5

3 Iran 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4

4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1

Source: FIFA (https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html)


The first match of the group, Iran's
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers squad against Morocco in St.
Petersburg

15 June 2018 Morocco 0–1 Iran Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg


18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 62,548[114]
Report Bouhaddouz 90+5' (o.g.) Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331526/)
15 June 2018 Portugal 3–3 Spain Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 43,866[115]
Ronaldo 4' (pen.), 44', 88' Report Costa 24', 55' Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
(https://www.fifa.com Nacho 58'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331524/)

20 June 2018 Portugal 1–0 Morocco Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow


15:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 78,011[116]
Ronaldo 4' Report
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331511/)
20 June 2018 Iran 0–1 Spain Kazan Arena, Kazan
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 42,718[117]
Report Costa 54' Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331496/)

25 June 2018 Iran 1–1 Portugal Mordovia Arena, Saransk


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 41,685[118]
Ansarifard 90+3' (pen.) Report Quaresma 45' Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
(https://www.fifa.com
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Group C 25 June 2018 /match/300331500/)


Spain 2–2 Morocco Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
20:00 KALT (UTC+2) Attendance: 33,973[119]
Isco 19' Report Boutaïb 14' Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Pos Team Pld W GF (https://www.fifa.com
D AspasL 90+1' GA GD Pts En-Nesyri
Qualification
81'
/worldcup/matches
1 France 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
/match/300340184/) 7
Advance to knockout stage
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5

3 Peru 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3

4 Australia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Australia v Peru
Source: FIFA (https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html)
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
16 June 2018 France 2–1 Australia Kazan Arena, Kazan
13:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 41,279[120]
Griezmann 58' (pen.) Report Jedinak 62' (pen.) Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
Behich 81' (o.g.)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331533/)
16 June 2018 Peru 0–1 Denmark Mordovia Arena, Saransk
19:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 40,502[121]
Report Poulsen 59' Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331528/)

21 June 2018 Denmark 1–1 Australia Cosmos Arena, Samara


16:00 SAMT (UTC+4) Attendance: 40,727[122]
Eriksen 7' Report Jedinak 38' (pen.) Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331518/)
21 June 2018 France 1–0 Peru Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
20:00 YEKT (UTC+5) Attendance: 32,789[123]
Mbappé 34' Report
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan
(https://www.fifa.com
Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331527/)

26 June 2018 Denmark 0–0 France Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow


17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 78,011[124]
Report
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331512/)
26 June 2018 Australia 0–2 Peru Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 44,073[125]
Report Carrillo 18' Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
(https://www.fifa.com Guerrero 50'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331506/)

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification

1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9
Advance to knockout stage
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4

3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3

4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1

Iceland v Croatia
Source: FIFA (https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html)
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
16 June 2018 Argentina 1–1 Iceland Otkritie Arena, Moscow
16:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 44,190[126]
Agüero 19' Report Finnbogason 23' Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331515/)
16 June 2018 Croatia 2–0 Nigeria Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
21:00 KALT (UTC+2) Attendance: 31,136[127]
Etebo 32' (o.g.) Report
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Modrić 71' (pen.)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331523/)

21 June 2018 Argentina 0–3 Croatia Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 43,319[128]
Report Rebić 53'
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
(https://www.fifa.com Modrić 80'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331513/) Rakitić 90+1'

22 June 2018 Nigeria 2–0 Iceland Volgograd Arena, Volgograd


18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 40,904[129]
Musa 49', 75' Report
Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331497/)

26 June 2018 Nigeria 1–2 Argentina Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 64,468[130]
Moses 51' (pen.) Report Messi 14'
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
(https://www.fifa.com Rojo 86'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331519/)

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Group E 26 June 2018 Iceland 1–2 Croatia Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 43,472[131]
G. Sigurðsson 76' (pen.) Report Badelj 53' Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF (https://www.fifa.com
GA GD Pts Perišić Qualification
90'
/worldcup/matches
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
/match/300331510/) 7
Advance to knockout stage
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5

3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3

4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1

Source: FIFA (https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html) Brazil v Costa Rica


Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

17 June 2018 Costa Rica 0–1 Serbia Cosmos Arena, Samara


16:00 SAMT (UTC+4) Attendance: 41,432[132]
Report Kolarov 56' Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331529/)
17 June 2018 Brazil 1–1 Switzerland Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 43,109[133]
Coutinho 20' Report Zuber 50' Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331525/)

22 June 2018 Brazil 2–0 Costa Rica Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
15:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 64,468[134]
Coutinho 90+1' Report
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Neymar 90+7'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331540/)
22 June 2018 Serbia 1–2 Switzerland Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
20:00 KALT (UTC+2) Attendance: 33,167[135]
Mitrović 5' Report Xhaka 52' Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
(https://www.fifa.com Shaqiri 90'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300340183/)

27 June 2018 Serbia 0–2 Brazil Otkritie Arena, Moscow


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 44,190[136]
Report Paulinho 36' Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
(https://www.fifa.com Thiago Silva 68'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331521/)
27 June 2018 Switzerland 2–2 Costa Rica Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 43,319[137]
Džemaili 31' Report Waston 56' Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Drmić 88'
(https://www.fifa.com Sommer 90+3' (o.g.)
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331534/)

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification

1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
Advance to knockout stage
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1 6

3 South Korea 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3

4 Germany 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3

Source: FIFA (https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html) Germany v Mexico


Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
17 June 2018 Germany 0–1 Mexico Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 78,011[138]
Report Lozano 35' Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331502/)
18 June 2018 Sweden 1–0 South Korea Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
15:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 42,300[139]
Granqvist 65' (pen.) Report
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331499/)

23 June 2018 South Korea 1–2 Mexico Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don


18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 43,472[140]
Son Heung-min 90+3' Report Vela 26' (pen.) Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
(https://www.fifa.com Hernández 66'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331549/)
23 June 2018 Germany 2–1 Sweden Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 44,287[141]
Reus 48' Report Toivonen 32'
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Kroos 90+5'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331501/)

27 June 2018 South Korea 2–0 Germany Kazan Arena, Kazan


17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 41,835[142]
Kim Young-gwon 90+3' Report
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
Son Heung-min 90+6'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331532/)
27 June 2018 Mexico 0–3 Sweden Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

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Group G Report Augustinsson 50' Attendance: 33,061[143]


(https://www.fifa.com Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Granqvist 62' (pen.)
/worldcup/matches
Pos Team Pld W D
/match/300331548/)L Álvarez
GF GA 74' (o.g.)
GD Pts Qualification

1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9
Advance to knockout stage
2 England 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6

3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3

4 Panama 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
Belgium v Tunisia
Source: FIFA (https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html)
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
18 June 2018 Belgium 3–0 Panama Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 43,257[144]
Mertens 47' Report
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Lukaku 69', 75'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331539/)
18 June 2018 Tunisia 1–2 England Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 41,064[145]
Sassi 35' (pen.) Report Kane 11', 90+1' Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331554/)

23 June 2018 Belgium 5–2 Tunisia Otkritie Arena, Moscow


15:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 44,190[146]
E. Hazard 6' (pen.), 51' Report Bronn 18' Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
Lukaku 16', 45+3'
(https://www.fifa.com Khazri 90+3'
/worldcup/matches
Batshuayi 90'
/match/300331547/)
24 June 2018 England 6–1 Panama Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
15:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 43,319[147]
Stones 8', 40' Report Baloy 78' Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
Kane 22' (pen.), 45+1' (pen.), 62'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
Lingard 36'
/match/300331546/)

28 June 2018 England 0–1 Belgium Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad


20:00 KALT (UTC+2) Attendance: 33,973[148]
Report Januzaj 51' Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300340182/)
28 June 2018 Panama 1–2 Tunisia Mordovia Arena, Saransk
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 37,168[149]
Meriah 33' (o.g.) Report F. Ben Youssef 51' Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
(https://www.fifa.com Khazri 66'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331520/)

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification

1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
Advance to knockout stage
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4[a]

3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4[a]

4 Poland 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3

Source: FIFA (https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html)


Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers Japan v Poland
Notes:
a. Fair play points: Japan −4, Senegal −6.

19 June 2018 Colombia 1–2 Japan Mordovia Arena, Saransk


15:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 40,842[150]
Quintero 39' Report Kagawa 6' (pen.) Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
(https://www.fifa.com Osako 73'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331550/)
19 June 2018 Poland 1–2 Senegal Otkritie Arena, Moscow
18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 44,190[151]
Krychowiak 86' Report Cionek 37' (o.g.) Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
(https://www.fifa.com Niang 60'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331545/)

24 June 2018 Japan 2–2 Senegal Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg


20:00 YEKT (UTC+5) Attendance: 32,572[152]
Inui 34' Report Mané 11' Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Honda 78'
(https://www.fifa.com Wagué 71'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331505/)
24 June 2018 Poland 0–3 Colombia Kazan Arena, Kazan
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 42,873[153]
Report Mina 40' Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
(https://www.fifa.com Falcao 70'
/worldcup/matches
Ju. Cuadrado 75'
/match/300331508/)

28 June 2018 Japan 0–1 Poland Volgograd Arena, Volgograd


17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 42,189[154]
Report Bednarek 59' Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
(https://www.fifa.com
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28 June 2018 /match/300331507/)


Senegal 0–1 Colombia Cosmos Arena, Samara
Knockout stage Attendance: 41,970[155]
18:00 SAMT (UTC+4) Report Mina 74' Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
(https://www.fifa.com
In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a
penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.[36] /worldcup/matches
/match/300331553/)
If a match went into extra time, each team was allowed to make a fourth substitution, the first time this had been allowed in a FIFA World Cup tournament.[44]

Bracket
Russia v Croatia
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final

30 June – Sochi
Uruguay 2
6 July – Nizhny Novgorod
Portugal 1
Uruguay 0
30 June – Kazan
France 2
France 4
10 July – Saint Petersburg
Argentina 3
France 1
2 July – Samara
Belgium 0
Brazil 2
6 July – Kazan
Mexico 0
Brazil 1
2 July – Rostov-on-Don
Belgium 2
Belgium 3
15 July – Moscow (Luzhniki)
Japan 2
France 4
1 July – Moscow (Luzhniki)
Croatia 2
Spain 1 (3)
7 July – Sochi
Russia (p) 1 (4)
Russia 2 (3)
1 July – Nizhny Novgorod
Croatia (p) 2 (4)
Croatia (p) 1 (3)
11 July – Moscow (Luzhniki)
Denmark 1 (2)
Croatia (a.e.t.) 2
3 July – Saint Petersburg
England 1 Third place play-off
Sweden 1
7 July – Samara 14 July – Saint Petersburg
Switzerland 0
Sweden 0 Belgium 2
3 July – Moscow (Otkritie)
England 2 England 0
Colombia 1 (3)
England (p) 1 (4)

Round of 16
30 June 2018 France 4–3 Argentina Kazan Arena, Kazan
17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 42,873[156]
Griezmann 13' (pen.) Report Di María 41' Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Pavard 57'
(https://www.fifa.com Mercado 48'
/worldcup/matches
Mbappé 64', 68'
/match/300331537/) Agüero 90+3'

30 June 2018 Uruguay 2–1 Portugal Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 44,287[157]
Cavani 7', 62' Report Pepe 55' Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331544/)

1 July 2018 Spain 1–1 (a.e.t.) Russia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow


17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 78,011[158]
Ignashevich 12' (o.g.) Report Dzyuba 41' (pen.) Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331517/)
Penalties
Iniesta 3–4 Smolov
Piqué Ignashevich
Koke Golovin
Ramos Cheryshev
Aspas

1 July 2018 Croatia 1–1 (a.e.t.) Denmark Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 40,851[159]
Mandžukić 4' Report M. Jørgensen 1' Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331498/)
Penalties
Badelj 3–2 Eriksen
Kramarić Kjær
Modrić Krohn-Dehli
Pivarić Schöne
Rakitić N. Jørgensen

2 July 2018 Brazil 2–0 Mexico Cosmos Arena, Samara


18:00 SAMT (UTC+4) Attendance: 41,970[160]
Neymar 51' Report
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Firmino 88'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331535/)

2 July 2018 Belgium 3–2 Japan Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 41,466[161]
Vertonghen 69' Report Haraguchi 48' Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Fellaini 74'
(https://www.fifa.com Inui 52'
/worldcup/matches
Chadli 90+4'
/match/300331551/)

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3 July 2018 Sweden 1–0 Switzerland Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg


17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 64,042[162]
Forsberg 66' Report
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331514/)

3 July 2018 Colombia 1–1 (a.e.t.) England Otkritie Arena, Moscow


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 44,190[163]
Mina 90+3' Report Kane 57' (pen.) Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331542/)
Penalties
Falcao 3–4 Kane
Ju. Cuadrado Rashford
Muriel Henderson
Uribe Trippier
Bacca Dier

Quarter-finals
6 July 2018 Uruguay 0–2 France Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 43,319[164]
Report Varane 40' Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
(https://www.fifa.com Griezmann 61'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331543/)

6 July 2018 Brazil 1–2 Belgium Kazan Arena, Kazan


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 42,873[165]
Renato Augusto 76' Report Fernandinho 13' (o.g.) Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
(https://www.fifa.com De Bruyne 31'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331538/)

7 July 2018 Sweden 0–2 England Cosmos Arena, Samara


18:00 SAMT (UTC+4) Attendance: 39,991[166]
Report Maguire 30'
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
(https://www.fifa.com Alli 59'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331541/)

7 July 2018 Russia 2–2 (a.e.t.) Croatia Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 44,287[167]
Cheryshev 31' Report Kramarić 39' Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Fernandes 115'
(https://www.fifa.com Vida 101'
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331504/)
Penalties
Smolov 3–4 Brozović
Dzagoev Kovačić
Fernandes Modrić
Ignashevich Vida
Kuzyayev Rakitić

Semi-finals
10 July 2018 France 1–0 Belgium Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 64,286[168]
Umtiti 51' Report
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331531/)

11 July 2018 Croatia 2–1 (a.e.t.) England Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow


21:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 78,011[169]
Perišić 68' Report Trippier 5'
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Mandžukić 109'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331522/)

Third place play-off


14 July 2018 Belgium 2–0 England Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
17:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 64,406[170]
Meunier 4' Report
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
E. Hazard 82'
(https://www.fifa.com
/worldcup/matches
/match/300331536/)

Final
15 July 2018 France 4–2 Croatia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
18:00 MSK (UTC+3) Attendance: 78,011[171]
Mandžukić 18' (o.g.) Report Perišić 28' Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Griezmann 38' (pen.)
(https://www.fifa.com Mandžukić 69'
/worldcup/matches
Pogba 59'
/match/300331552/)
Mbappé 65'

Statistics

Goalscorers

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There were 169 goals scored in 64 matches, for an average of 2.64 goals per match.

Twelve own goals were scored during the tournament, doubling the record of six set in 1998.[172]

6 goals

Harry Kane

4 goals

Romelu Lukaku Kylian Mbappé Denis Cheryshev


Antoine Griezmann Cristiano Ronaldo

3 goals

Eden Hazard Mario Mandžukić Diego Costa


Yerry Mina Ivan Perišić Edinson Cavani
Artem Dzyuba

2 goals

Sergio Agüero Mohamed Salah Son Heung-min


Mile Jedinak John Stones Andreas Granqvist
Philippe Coutinho Takashi Inui Wahbi Khazri
Neymar Ahmed Musa Luis Suárez
Luka Modrić
1 goal

Ángel Di María Dele Alli Pepe


Gabriel Mercado Jesse Lingard Ricardo Quaresma
Lionel Messi Harry Maguire Mário Fernandes
Marcos Rojo Kieran Trippier Yury Gazinsky
Michy Batshuayi Benjamin Pavard Aleksandr Golovin
Nacer Chadli Paul Pogba Salem Al-Dawsari
Kevin De Bruyne Samuel Umtiti Salman Al-Faraj
Marouane Fellaini Raphaël Varane Sadio Mané
Adnan Januzaj Toni Kroos M'Baye Niang
Dries Mertens Marco Reus Moussa Wagué
Thomas Meunier Alfreð Finnbogason Aleksandar Kolarov
Jan Vertonghen Gylfi Sigurðsson Aleksandar Mitrović
Roberto Firmino Karim Ansarifard Kim Young-gwon
Paulinho Genki Haraguchi Iago Aspas
Renato Augusto Keisuke Honda Isco
Thiago Silva Shinji Kagawa Nacho
Juan Cuadrado Yuya Osako Ludwig Augustinsson
Radamel Falcao Javier Hernández Emil Forsberg
Juan Fernando Quintero Hirving Lozano Ola Toivonen
Kendall Waston Carlos Vela Josip Drmić
Milan Badelj Khalid Boutaïb Blerim Džemaili
Andrej Kramarić Youssef En-Nesyri Xherdan Shaqiri
Ivan Rakitić Victor Moses
Granit Xhaka
Ante Rebić Felipe Baloy
Steven Zuber
Domagoj Vida André Carrillo
Dylan Bronn
Christian Eriksen Paolo Guerrero
Ferjani Sassi
Mathias Jørgensen Jan Bednarek
Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
Yussuf Poulsen Grzegorz Krychowiak
José Giménez

1 own goal

Aziz Behich (against France) Edson Álvarez (against Sweden) Denis Cheryshev (against Uruguay)
Fernandinho (against Belgium) Aziz Bouhaddouz (against Iran) Sergei Ignashevich (against Spain)
Mario Mandžukić (against France) Oghenekaro Etebo (against Croatia) Yann Sommer (against Costa Rica)
Ahmed Fathy (against Russia) Thiago Cionek (against Senegal) Yassine Meriah (against Panama)

Source: FIFA[173]

Discipline
A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[36]

Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
Receiving two yellow cards in two matches; yellow cards expire after the completion of the quarter-finals (yellow card suspensions are not carried forward to any other future international
matches)
The following suspensions were served during the tournament:

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Player Offence(s) Suspension(s)

Carlos Sánchez in Group H vs Japan (matchday 1; 19 June) Group H vs Poland (matchday 2; 24 June)

in Group C vs Peru (matchday 1; 16 June)


Yussuf Poulsen Group C vs France (matchday 3; 26 June)
in Group C vs Australia (matchday 2; 21 June)

Jérôme Boateng in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 2; 23 June) Group F vs South Korea (matchday 3; 27 June)

in Group G vs Belgium (matchday 1; 18 June)


Armando Cooper Group G vs Tunisia (matchday 3; 28 June)
in Group G vs England (matchday 2; 24 June)

in Group G vs Belgium (matchday 1; 18 June)


Michael Amir Murillo Group G vs Tunisia (matchday 3; 28 June)
in Group G vs England (matchday 2; 24 June)

Igor Smolnikov in Group A vs Uruguay (matchday 3; 25 June) Round of 16 vs Spain (1 July)

in Group F vs Germany (matchday 2; 23 June)


Sebastian Larsson Round of 16 vs Switzerland (3 July)
in Group F vs Mexico (matchday 3; 27 June)

in Group F vs Germany (matchday 1; 17 June)


Héctor Moreno Round of 16 vs Brazil (2 July)
in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 3; 27 June)

in Group E vs Brazil (matchday 1; 17 June)


Stephan Lichtsteiner Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July)
in Group E vs Costa Rica (matchday 3; 27 June)

in Group E vs Brazil (matchday 1; 17 June)


Fabian Schär Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July)
in Group E vs Costa Rica (matchday 3; 27 June)

in Group C vs Peru (matchday 2; 21 June)


Blaise Matuidi Quarter-finals vs Uruguay (6 July)
in Round of 16 vs Argentina (30 June)

in Group E vs Switzerland (matchday 1; 17 June)


Casemiro Quarter-finals vs Belgium (6 July)
in Round of 16 vs Mexico (2 July)

in Group F vs Mexico (matchday 3; 27 June)


Mikael Lustig Quarter-finals vs England (7 July)
in Round of 16 vs Switzerland (3 July)

in Group G vs Panama (matchday 1; 18 June)


Thomas Meunier Semi-finals vs France (10 July)
in Quarter-finals vs Brazil (6 July)

Awards
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. The Golden Boot, Golden Ball and Golden Glove awards were all sponsored by
Adidas.[1]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball

Luka Modrić Eden Hazard Antoine Griezmann

Golden Boot Silver Boot Bronze Boot

Harry Kane Antoine Griezmann Romelu Lukaku Luka Modrić accepting the Golden
(6 goals, 0 assists) (4 goals, 2 assists) (4 goals, 1 assist) Ball award from Vladimir Putin

Golden Glove

Thibaut Courtois

Best Young Player

Kylian Mbappé

FIFA Fair Play Award

Spain
Kylian Mbappé receiving the World
Cup best young player award from
Prize money Emmanuel Macron

Prize money amounts were announced in October 2017.[174]

Amount (million USD)


Position
Per team Total

Champions 38 38

Runner-up 28 28

Third place 24 24

Fourth place 22 22

5th–8th place (quarter-finals) 16 64

9th–16th place (round of 16) 12 96

17th–32nd place (group stage) 8 128

Total 400

Marketing

Branding
The tournament logo was unveiled on 28 October 2014 by cosmonauts at the International Space Station and then projected onto Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre during an evening television programme.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the logo was inspired by "Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation", and FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated
that it reflected the "heart and soul" of the country.[175] For the branding, Portuguese design agency Brandia Central created materials in 2014, with a typeface called Dusha (from душа, Russian for
soul) created by Adotbelow of DSType Foundry in Portugal.

Mascot

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The official mascot for the tournament was unveiled 21 October 2016, and selected through a design competition among university students. A public vote was used
to select from three finalists—a cat, a tiger, and a wolf. The winner, with 53% of approximately 1 million votes, was Zabivaka—an anthropomorphic wolf dressed in
the colours of the Russian national team. Zabivaka's name is a portmanteau of the Russian words забияка ("hothead") and забивать ("to score"), and his official
backstory states that he is an aspiring football player who is "charming, confident and social".[176]

Ticketing
The first phase of ticket sales started on 14 September 2017, 12:00 Moscow Time, and lasted until 12 October 2017.[177]

The general visa policy of Russia did not apply to participants and spectators, who were able to visit Russia without a visa right before and during the competition
regardless of their citizenship.[178] Spectators are nonetheless required to register for a "Fan-ID", a special photo identification pass. A Fan-ID is required to enter
the country visa-free, while a ticket, Fan-ID and a valid passport are required to enter stadiums for matches. Fan-IDs also grant World Cup attendees free access to
The typeface "Dusha" used
public transport services, including buses, and train service between host cities. Fan-ID is administered by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications
for branding
and Mass Media, who may revoke these accreditations at any time to "ensure the defence capability or security of the state or public order".[95][96][97]

Match ball
The official match ball of the 2018 World Cup group stage was "Telstar 18", based on the name and design of the first Adidas World Cup ball from 1970. It was
introduced on 9 November 2017.[179]

Since the group stage, "Telstar Mechta" has been used for the knockout stage. The word mechta (Russian: мечта) means dream or ambition. The difference
between Telstar 18 and Mechta is the red details on the design.[180]

Merchandise Tournament mascot, wolf


On 30 April 2018, EA announced a free expansion for FIFA 18 based on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, featuring all 32 participating teams and all 12 stadiums used at Zabivaka
the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[181]

Official song
The official song of the tournament is "Live It Up", with vocals from Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi, released on 25 May. The FIFA World Cup Official Music
Video was released on 8 June.[182]

Controversies
Thirty-three footballers who are alleged to be part of the steroid program are listed in the McLaren Report.[183] On 22 December 2017, it was reported that FIFA
fired a doctor who had been investigating doping in Russian football.[184] On 22 May 2018 FIFA confirmed that the investigations concerning all Russian players Match ball "Telstar 18"
named for the provisional squad of the FIFA World Cup in Russia had been completed, with the result that insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping
rule violation.[185] FIFA's medical committee also decided that Russian personnel would not be involved in performing drug testing procedures at the tournament;
the action was taken to reassure teams that the samples would remain untampered.[186]

Host selection
The choice of Russia as host has been challenged. Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football,[187][188][189] and discrimination against LGBT people in wider Russian
society.[190][191] Russia's involvement in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has also caused calls for the tournament to be moved, particularly following the annexation of Crimea.[192][193] In 2014, FIFA
President Sepp Blatter stated that "the World Cup has been given and voted to Russia and we are going forward with our work".[194]

Allegations of corruption in the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups caused threats from England's FA to boycott the tournament.[195] FIFA appointed Michael J. Garcia, a US
attorney, to investigate and produce a report on the corruption allegations. Although the report was never published, FIFA released a 42-page summary of its findings as determined by German judge
Hans-Joachim Eckert. Eckert's summary cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing, but was denounced by critics as a whitewash.[196] Garcia criticised the summary as being "materially
incomplete" with "erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions", and appealed to FIFA's Appeal Committee.[197][198] The committee declined to hear his appeal, so Garcia resigned in protest
of FIFA's conduct, citing a "lack of leadership" and lack of confidence in the independence of Eckert.[199]

On 3 June 2015, the FBI confirmed that the federal authorities were investigating the bidding and awarding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.[200][201] In an interview published on 7 June
2015, Domenico Scala, the head of FIFA's Audit And Compliance Committee, stated that "should there be evidence that the awards to Qatar and Russia came only because of bought votes, then the
awards could be cancelled".[202][203] Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and former British Prime Minister David Cameron attended a meeting with FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon in which a
vote-trading deal for the right to host the 2018 World Cup in England was discussed.[204][205]

Response to Skripal poisoning


In response to the March 2018 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that no British ministers or members of the royal family would attend the World
Cup, and issued a warning to any travelling England fans.[206] Iceland diplomatically boycotted the World Cup.[207] Russia responded to the comments from the UK Parliament claiming that "the west
are trying to deny Russia the World Cup".[208] The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced Boris Johnson's statements that compared the event to the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany as "poisoned
with venom of hate, unprofessionalism and boorishness" and "unacceptable and unworthy" parallel towards Russia, a "nation that lost millions of lives in fighting Nazism".[209]

The British Foreign Office and MPs had repeatedly warned English football fans and "people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent" travelling to Russia of "racist or homophobic intimidation, hooligan
violence and anti-British hostility".[210][211] English football fans who have travelled have said they have received a warm welcome from ordinary citizens after arriving in Russia.[212][213]

Broadcasting rights
FIFA, through several companies, sold the broadcasting rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to various local broadcasters.

In the United States, the 2018 World Cup was the first men's World Cup whose English rights were held by Fox Sports, and Spanish rights held by Telemundo. The elimination of the US national
team in qualifying led to concerns that US interest and viewership of this World Cup would be reduced (especially among "casual" viewers interested in the US team), especially noting how much Fox
paid for the rights, and that US games at the 2014 World Cup peaked at 16.5 million viewers. During a launch event prior to the elimination, Fox stated that it had planned to place a secondary focus
on the Mexican team in its coverage to take advantage of their popularity among US viewers (factoring Hispanic and Latino Americans). Fox stated that it was still committed to broadcasting a
significant amount of coverage for the tournament.[214][215][216]

In February 2018, Ukrainian rightsholder UA:PBC stated that it would not broadcast the World Cup. This came in the wake of growing boycotts of the tournament among the Football Federation of
Ukraine and sports minister Ihor Zhdanov.[217][218] Additionally, the Football Federation of Ukraine refused to accredit journalists for the World Cup and waived their quota of tickets.[219] However,
the Ukrainian state TV still broadcast the World Cup, and more than 4 million Ukrainians watched the opening match.[220]

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Sponsorship
Asian European
FIFA partners FIFA World Cup sponsors African supporters
supporters supporters

Egypt – Experience & Invest[233] Diking[234] Alfa-Bank[236]


Adidas[221] Visa[226] Anheuser-Busch InBev[228] Luci[234] Alrosa[237]
Coca-Cola[222] Wanda Group[227] Hisense[229] Yadea[235] Rostelecom[238]
Gazprom[223] McDonald's[230] Russian
Hyundai–Kia[224] Mengniu Dairy[231] Railways[239]
Qatar Airways[225] Vivo[232]

See also
FIFA World Cup hosts
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
2021 FIFA Confederations Cup[A]

Notes
A. The winning nation will qualify if that tournament takes place as FIFA has discussed abolishing the competition.[240]

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