Iran. 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. The construction officially started on The project was completed on Saransk: Mordovia Arena. "Racism in Russia and fifa's 3-step plan to tackle it". Archived (PDF) from the original on Retrieved "Match report Quarter-final Russia v Croatia" (PDF). 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. Archived from the original on Retrieved "Tie-breakers for Russia 2018 groups". 62 The stadium has hosted games of the 2017 fifa Confederations Cup and will serve as a venue for uefa Euro 2020. For the first time since 1982, no African team progressed to the second round.
60 Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad Stadium. Archived from the original on Retrieved Riach, James. 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. The stadium is a home arena to its namesake FC Spartak Moscow.
Archived from the original on Retrieved "McDonald's looking ahead to 2018". Fan-IDs also granted World Cup attendees free access to public transport services, including buses, and train service between host cities. 9 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. "fifa under fire after report on Qatar, Russia". At the close of the World Cup Russia was widely praised for its success in hosting the tournament, with Steve Rosenberg of the BBC deeming it "a resounding public relations success" for Putin, adding, "The stunning new stadiums, free train travel to venues and the. 174 Additionally, m shortlisted 18 goals for users to vote on as the tournaments' best.
For the first time, the fair play criteria came into use, when Japan qualified over Senegal due to having received fewer yellow cards. 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.