Argentina face Russia to open World Cup final stadium in November


The revamped Luzhniki Stadium will host a friendly between World Cup hosts Russia and Argentina in November according to reports.

La Albiceleste look set to travel to Moscow for the match on November 11th following extensive work on the 81,000 capacity stadium, which will host the World Cup final in July 2018.

Nikolai Guliaev, head of the department of sport in Moscow, told local media, “The Luzhniki will be ready for use in June. The official inauguration will be a match between Russia and Argentina and the preliminary date is November 11th.”

Russia decided against building a new stadium for the World Cup but instead remodelled the famous Luzhniki, increasing the capacity from 78,000 to 81,000.

The stadium hosted the Champions League final in 2008, where Manchester United defeated Chelsea on penalties and according to the World Cup organisation committee, it will host the opening match, four group stage matches, one of the knockout rounds, a semi final and the final.

There has been no official confirmation of the match with Argentina and the date for the fixture is not certain but Russia understandably want a showcase event and there is no greater show in world football than Lionel Messi rolling into town.


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