Russia 2018 World Cup Finals

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Russia - Host the twenty-first World Cup, in 2018.

The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Russia 2018.

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The World Cup Finals were played in Europe for an eleventh time, with Russia beating off last-minute, high-level bid campaigning from England for the chance to host the prestigious football tournament.

The 2018 World Cup Finals tournament kicked off on Thursday, June 14th and ended when the World Cup Final was contested in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, on July 15th.

World Cup History - Russia 2018

Where the Video Assistant Referee, VAR to you and me, made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decision making; although a little fine tuning was still needed in places. Just ask Harry Kane.

Russia 2018 Host Cities - Visit Russia.

32 Countries Competed at Russia 2018

Argentina Argentina
Group D: Iceland (1:1) Croatia (0:3) Nigeria (2:1); Second Round: France (3:4).

Australia Australia
Group C: France (1:2) Denmark (1:1) Peru (0:2).

Belgium Belgium
Group G: Panama (3:0) Tunisia (5:2) England (1:0); Second Round: Japan (3:2); Quarter-final: Brazil (2:1); Semi-final: France (0:1); 3rd Place: (2:0).

Brazil Brazil
Group E: Switzerland (1:1) Costa Rica (2:0) Serbia (2:0); Second Round: Mexico (2:0); Quarter-finals: Belgium (1:2).

Colombia Colombia
Group H: Japan (1:2) Poland (3:0) Senegal (1:0); Second Round: England (1:1 aet 3:4 pens).

Costa Rica Costa Rica
Group E: Serbia (0:1) Brazil (0:2) Switzerland (2:2).

Croatia Croatia
Group D: Nigeria (2:0) Argentina (3:0) Iceland (2:1); Second Round: Denmark (1:1 aet 3:2 pens); Quarter-final: Russia (2:2 aet 4:3 pens); Semi-final: England (2:1 aet); World Cup Final: France (2:4).

Denmark Denmark
Group C: Peru (1:0) Australia (1:1) France (0:0); Second Round: Croatia (1:1 aet 2:3 pens).

Egypt Egypt
Group A: Uruguay (0:1) Russia (1:3) Saudi Arabia (1:2).

England England
Group G: Tunisia (2:1) Panama (6:1) Belgium (0:1); Second Round: Colombia (1:1 aet 4:3 pens); Quarter-final: Sweden (2:0); Semi-final: Croatia (1:2 aet); 3rd Place: Belgim (0:2).

France France
Group C: Australia (2:1) Peru (1:0) Denmark (0:0); Second Round: Argentina (4:3); Quarter-final: Uruguay (2:0); Semi-final: Belgium (1:0); World Cup Final: Croatia (4:2).

Germany Germany
Group F: Mexico (0:1) Sweden (2:1) South Korea (0:2).

Iceland Iceland
Group D: Argentina (1:1) Nigeria (0:2) Croatia (1:2).

Iran Iran
Group B: Morocco (1:0) Spain (0:1) Portugal (1:1).

Japan Japan
Group H: Colombia (2:1) Senegal (2:2) Poland (0:1); Second Round: Belgium (2:3).

Mexico Mexico
Group F: Germany (1:0) South Korea (2:1) Sweden (0:3); Secod Round: Brazil (0:2).

Morocco Morocco
Group B: Iran (0:1) Portugal (0:1) Spain (2:2).

Nigeria Nigeria
Group D: Croatia (0:2) Iceland (2:0) Argentina (1:2).

Panama Panama
Group G: Belgium (0:3) England (1:6) Tunisia (1:2).

Peru Peru
Group C: Denmark (0:1) France (0:1) Australia (2:0).

Poland Poland
Group H: Senegal (1:2) Colombia (0:3) Japan (1:0).

Portugal Portugal
Group B: Spain (3:3) Morocco (1:0) Iran (1:1); Second Round: Uruguay (1:2).

Russia Russia
Group A: Saudi Arabia (5:0) Egypt (3:1) Uruguay (0:3); Second Round: Spain (1:1 aet 4:3 pens); Quarter-final: Croatia (2:2 aet 3:4 pens).

Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Group A: Russia (0:5) Uruguay (0:1) Egypt (2:1).

Senegal Senegal
Group H: Poland (2:1) Japan (2:2) Colombia (0:1).

Serbia Serbia
Group E: Costa Rica (1:0) Switzerland (1:2) Brazil (0:2).

South Korea South Korea
Group F: Sweden (0:1) Mexico (1:2) Germany (2:0).

Spain Spain
Group B: Portugal (3:3) Iran (1:0) Morocco (2:2); Second Round: Russia (1:1 aet 3:4 pens).

Sweden Sweden
Group F: South Korea (1:0) Germany (1:2) Mexico (3:0); Second Round: Switzerland (1:0); Quarter-final: England (0:2).

Switzerland Switzerland
Group E
Brazil (1:1) Serbia (2:1) Costa Rica (2:2); Second Round: Sweden (0:1).

Tunisia Tunisia
Group G: England (1:2) Belgium (2:5) Panama (2:1).

Uruguay Uruguay
Group A: Egypt (1:0) Saudi Arabia (1:0) Russia (3:0); Second Round: Portugal (2:1); Quarter-final: France (0:2).

Russia 2018 First Round - Group Stage

Thursday, 14th June

Moscow Luzhniki: Group A
Russia Russia vs Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (5:0)

Friday, 15th June

Ekaterinburg: Group A
Egypt Egypt vs Uruguay Uruguay (0:1)

St Petersburg: Group B
Morocco Morocco vs Iran Iran (0:1)

Sochi: Group B
Portugal Portugal vs Spain Spain (3:3)

Saturday, 16th June

Kazan: Group C
France France vs Australia Australia (2:1)

Moscow Spartak: Group D
Argentina Argentina vs Iceland Iceland (1:1)

Saransk: Group C
Peru Peru vs Denmark Denmark (0:1)

Kaliningrad: Group D
Croatia Croatia vs Nigeria Nigeria (2:0)

Sunday, 17th June

Samara: Group E
Costa Rica Costa Rica vs Serbia Serbia (0:1)

Moscow Luzhniki: Group F
Germany Germany vs Mexico Mexico (0:1)

Rostov-on-Don: Group E
Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland Switzerland (1:1)

Monday, 18th June

Nizhny Novgorod: Group F
Sweden Sweden vs South Korea South Korea (1:0)

Sochi: Group G
Belgium Belgium vs Panama Panama (3:0)

Volgograd: Group G
Tunisia Tunisia vs England England (1:2)

Tuesday, 19th June

Saransk: Group H
Colombia Colombia vs Japan Japan (1:2)

Moscow Spartak: Group H
Poland Poland vs Senegal Senegal (1:2)

St Petersburg: Group A
Russia Russia vs Egypt Egypt (3:1)

Wednesday, 20th June

Moscow Luzhniki: Group B
Portugal Portugal vs Morocco Morocco (1:0)

Rostov-on-Don: Group A
Uruguay Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (1:0)

Kazan: Group B
Iran Iran vs Spain Spain (0:1)

Thursday, 21st June

Samara: Group C
Denmark Denmark vs Australia Australia (1:1)

Ekaterinburg: Group C
France France vs Peru Peru (1:0)

Nizhny Novgorod: Group D
Argentina Argentina vs Croatia Croatia (0:3)

Friday, 22nd June

St Petersburg: Group E
Brazil Brazil vs Costa Rica Costa Rica (2:0)

Volgograd: Group D
Nigeria Nigeria vs Iceland Iceland (2:0)

Kaliningrad: Group E
Serbia Serbia vs Switzerland Switzerland (1:2)

Saturday, 23rd June

Moscow Spartak: Group G
Belgium Belgium vs Tunisia Tunisia (5:2)

Rostov-on-Don: Group F
South Korea South Korea vs Mexico Mexico (1:2)

Sochi: Group F
Germany Germany vs Sweden Sweden (2:1)

Sunday, 24th June

Nizhny Novgorod: Group G
England England vs Panama Panama (6:1)

Ekaterinburg: Group H
Japan Japan vs Senegal Senegal (2:2)

Kazan: Group H
Poland Poland vs Colombia Colombia (0:3)

Monday, 25th June

Samara: Group A
Uruguay Uruguay vs Russia Russia (3:0)

Volgograd: Group A
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Egypt (2:1)

Kaliningrad: Group B
Spain Spain vs Morocco Morocco (2:2)

Saransk: Group B
Iran Iran vs Portugal Portugal (1:1)

Tuesday, 26th June

Sochi: Group C
Australia Australia vs Peru Peru (0:2)

Moscow Luzhniki: Group C
Denmark Denmark vs France France (0:0)

Rostov-on-Don: Group D
Iceland Iceland vs Croatia Croatia (1:2)

St Petersburg: Group D
Nigeria Nigeria vs Argentina Argentina (1:2)

Wednesday, 27th June

Ekaterinburg: Group F
Mexico Mexico vs Sweden Sweden (0:3)

Kazan: Group F
South Korea South Korea vs Germany Germany (2:0)

Moscow Spartak: Group E
Serbia Serbia vs Brazil Brazil (0:2)

Nizhny Novgorod: Group E
Switzerland Switzerland vs Costa Rica Costa Rica (2:2)

Thursday, 28th June

Samara: Group H
Senegal Senegal vs Colombia Colombia (0:1)

Volgograd: Group H
Japan Japan vs Poland Poland (0:1)

Kaliningrad: Group G
England England vs Belgium Belgium (0:1)

Saransk: Group G
Panama Panama vs Tunisia Tunisia (1:2)

Second Round - Round of 16

Saturday, 30th June

France France vs Argentina Argentina in Kazan (4:3)

Uruguay Uruguay vs Portugal Portugal in Sochi (2:1)

Sunday, 1st July

Spain Spain vs Russia Russia in Moscow Luzhniki (1:1 aet 3:4 pens)

Croatia Croatia vs Denmark Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod (1:1 aet 3:2 pens)

Monday, 2nd July

Brazil Brazil vs Mexico Mexico in Samara (2:0)

Belgium Belgium vs Japan Japan in Rostov-on-Don (3:2)

Tuesday, 3rd July

Sweden Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland in St Petersburg (1:0)

Colombia Colombia vs England England in Moscow Spartak (1:1 aet 3:4 pens)


Friday, 6th July

Uruguay Uruguay vs France France in Nizhny Novgorod (0:2)

Brazil Brazil vs Belgium Belgium in Kazan (1:2)

Saturday, 7th July

Sweden Sweden vs England England in Samara (0:2)

Russia Russia vs Croatia Croatia in Sochi (2:2 aet 3:4 pens)


Tuesday, 10th July

Match 61
France France vs Belgium Belgium in St Petersburg (1:0)

Wednesday, 11th July

Match 62
Croatia Croatia vs England England in Moscow Luzhniki (2:1 aet)

2018 World Cup Final in Russia

Saturday, 14th July:
Third-Place Play-off
Belgium  Belgium vs England England  in St Petersburg (2:0)

Sunday, 15th July

2018 World Cup Final
Moscow Luzhniki: France France vs Croatia Croatia (4:2)

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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