: Group stage tiebreakers (H) Host. The construction of the stadium commenced in 2007. The first piles were driven into the ground in September 2015. The stadium is a home arena to its namesake FC Spartak Moscow. Um Bonuspunkte zu sammeln und einzulösen, müsst ihr euch zuerst einloggen. The bid evaluation report stated: "The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16 stadiums, thus exceeding fifa's minimum requirement. 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. 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. 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. Only one match, France v Denmark, was goalless. The stadium construction was completed on 22 December 2017. The construction of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium commenced in 2015.
59 Reconstruction of the Yekaterinburg Central Stadium in January 2017 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. Of the 32 teams, 20 had also appeared in the previous tournament in 2014, while both, iceland and, panama made their first appearances at a fifa World Cup. 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,.1 billion from regional budgets, and 147.1 billion. 36 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. For the draw, the teams were allocated to four pots based on the fifa World Rankings of October 2017. 5 6, the finals involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while the host nation qualified automatically. 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. 44 Bracket Round of 16 17:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 21:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 17:00 MSK ( UTC3 ). 15:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 18:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 20:00 yekt ( UTC5 ) 21:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 17:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 18:00 samt ( UTC4 ) Knockout stage Russia v Croatia Main article: 2018 fifa. 22 23 The first qualification game, between Timor-Leste and Mongolia, began in Dili on part of the AFC's qualification, 24 and the main qualifying draw took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, on Of the 32 nations qualified to play at the.