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2018 FIFA World Cup
Russia 2018
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2018 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Russia.png Russia
Dates14 June – 15 July
Teams32 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)12 (in 11 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of France.png France (2nd title)
Runner-upCroatia.png Croatia
Third placeBelgium.png Belgium
Fourth placeEngland.png England
Tournament statistics
Matches played64
Goals scored169 (2.64 per match)
Attendance3,031,768 (47,371 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Harry Kane (6 goals)
Best playerCroatia Luka Modrić
Best young playerFlag of France Kylian Mbappé
Best goalkeeperBelgium Thibaut Courtois
Fair play awardFlag of Spain.png Spain
2014
2022
The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.

This was the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany, the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe and the eleventh time that it has been held in Europe. All of the stadium venues are in European Russia to keep travel time manageable.

The final tournament involved 32 national teams, which included 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. Of the 32 teams, 20 was making back-to-back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany, while Iceland and Panama both made their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. A total of 64 matches were played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. 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.

On 27 June 2018, the defending champions, Germany, were knocked out in the group stage. It was the first time since the 1938 FIFA World Cup that a German side did not advance from the first stage of a World Cup tournament. It was the fourth time in the last five World Cups that the holders had been eliminated in the opening stage of the tournament after France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014.

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. Initially, nine countries placed bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings, and Indonesia's bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian government failed to submit a letter to support the bid. 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. 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 was bidding to host its second tournament, was eliminated in the first round.

The voting results were as follows:

2018 FIFA bidding (majority 12 votes)
Bidders Votes
Round 1 Round 2
Russia 9 13
Portugal / Spain 7 7
Belgium / Netherlands 4 2
England 2 Eliminated

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. 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. Due to such 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.

Teams

Qualification

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Apart from Russia, who qualified automatically for the tournament as the hosts, all FIFA member associations were eligible to enter the qualification process.

Myanmar, having successfully appealed against a ban from the competition for crowd trouble during a 2014 World Cup qualifying tie against Oman, were obliged to play all their home matches outside the country. On 12 March 2015, prior to the start of qualification, Zimbabwe were expelled from the tournament for failing to pay former coach José Claudinei. Indonesia were suspended and then expelled before playing a single qualifying match, as part of punishment for government interference in the Football Association of Indonesia.

The qualifying draw took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg on 25 July 2015 at 18:00 local time (UTC+3). Qualifying matches for AFC and CONCACAF started in March 2015, prior to the qualifying draw.

The allocation of slots for each confederation was decided to be unchanged by the FIFA Executive Committee on 30 May 2015 in Zürich, after the FIFA Congress.

On 13 May 2016, Gibraltar and Kosovo became FIFA members and eligible for the World Cup qualifying.

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1 Previous best
performance
Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia2 Hosts 2 December 2010 10 (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2014) Fourth place (1966)
Brazil.png Brazil CONMEBOL Round Robin winners 28 March 2017 20 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Iran.png Iran AFC Third Round Group A winners 12 June 2017 4 (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014) First round (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014)
Flag of Japan.png Japan AFC Third Round Group B winners 31 August 2017 5 (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Round of 16 (2002, 2010)
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico CONCACAF Fifth Round winners 1 September 2017 15 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Quarter-finals (1970, 1986)
Belgium.png Belgium UEFA Group H winners 3 September 2017 12 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014) Fourth place (1986)
South Korea.png South Korea AFC Third Round Group A runners-up 5 September 2017 9 (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Fourth place (2002)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia AFC Third Round Group B runners-up 5 September 2017 4 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) Round of 16 (1994)
Germany.png Germany3 UEFA Group C winners 5 October 2017 18 (1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
England.png England UEFA Group F winners 5 October 2017 14 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1966)
Flag of Spain.png Spain UEFA Group G winners 6 October 2017 14 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (2010)
Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria CAF Third Round Group B winners 7 October 2017 5 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014) Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
Flag of Costa Rica.png Costa Rica CONCACAF Fifth Round runners-up 7 October 2017 4 (1990, 2002, 2006, 2014) Quarter-finals (2014)
Flag of Poland.png Poland UEFA Group E winners 8 October 2017 7 (1938, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006) Third place (1974, 1982)
Flag of Egypt.png Egypt CAF Third Round Group E winners 8 October 2017 2 (1934, 1990) First round (1934, 1990)
Flag of Iceland.png Iceland UEFA Group I winners 9 October 2017
Flag of Serbia.png Serbia UEFA Group D winners 9 October 2017 114 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2010) Fourth place (1930, 1962)5
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal UEFA Group B winners 10 October 2017 6 (1966, 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Third place (1966)
Flag of France.png France UEFA Group A winners 10 October 2017 14 (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1998)
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay CONMEBOL Round Robin runners-up 10 October 2017 12 (1930, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1990, 2002, 2010, 2014) Winners (1930, 1950)
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina CONMEBOL Round Robin third place 10 October 2017 16 (1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1978, 1986)
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia CONMEBOL Round Robin fourth place 10 October 2017 5 (1962, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014) Quarter-finals (2014)
Panama.png Panama CONCACAF Fifth Round third place 10 October 2017
Flag of Senegal.svg.png Senegal CAF Third Round Group D winners 10 November 2017 1 (2002) Quarter-finals (2002)
Morocco.png Morocco CAF Third Round Group C winners 11 November 2017 4 (1970, 1986, 1994, 1998) Round of 16 (1986)
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia CAF Third Round Group A winners 11 November 2017 4 (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006) Group stage (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006)
Switzerland.png Switzerland UEFA Second Round winners 12 November 2017 10 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014) Quarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954)
Croatia.png Croatia UEFA Second Round winners 12 November 2017 4 (1998, 2002, 2006, 2014) Third place (1998)
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden UEFA Second Round winners 13 November 2017 11 (1934, 1938, 1950, 1958, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006) Runners-up (1958)
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark UEFA Second Round winners 14 November 2017 4 (1986, 1998, 2002, 2010) Quarter-finals (1998)
Flag of Australia.png Australia CONCACAF v AFC play-off winners 15 November 2017 4 (1974, 2006, 2010, 2014) Round of 16 (2006)
Flag of Peru.png Peru OFC v CONMEBOL play-off winners 15 November 2017 4 (1930, 1970, 1978, 1982) Quarter-finals (1970), Second round (1978)6
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
2 From 1958 to 1990, Russia competed as the Soviet Union.
3 From 1954 to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany.
4: This is the 2nd appearance of Serbia at the FIFA World Cup. However, FIFA considers Serbia as the successor team of the Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro national teams, who between them qualified on 10 occasions.
5: No official third place match took place in 1930 and no official third place was awarded at the time; both United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. However, FIFA lists the teams as third and fourth respectively using the overall records of the teams in the tournament.
6: In 1978, the second round was another group stage which involved 8 teams qualified from the first round.

Draw

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup seeding

All teams were allocated into four pots based of FIFA World Rankings of October 2017. The hosts, Russia was automatically assigned to position A1. Teams from same confederation were not drawn into the same group, with an exception for teams from UEFA where each group contained up to two teams.

The draw was held on 1 December 2017 at Kremlin, Moscow.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia (65) (hosts)
Germany.png Germany (1)
Brazil.png Brazil (2)
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal (3)
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina (4)
Belgium.png Belgium (5)
Flag of Poland.png Poland (6)
Flag of France.png France (7)

Flag of Spain.png Spain (8)
Flag of Peru.png Peru (10)
Switzerland.png Switzerland (11)
England.png England (12)
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia (13)
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico (16)
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay (17)
Croatia.png Croatia (18)

Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark (19)
Flag of Iceland.png Iceland (21)
Flag of Costa Rica.png Costa Rica (22)
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden (25)
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia (28)
Flag of Egypt.png Egypt (30)
Flag of Senegal.svg.png Senegal (32)
Iran.png Iran (34)

Flag of Serbia.png Serbia (38)
Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria (41)
Flag of Australia.png Australia (43)
Flag of Japan.png Japan (44)
Morocco.png Morocco (48)
Panama.png Panama (49)
South Korea.png South Korea (62)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia (63)

Squads

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup squads

Each team must first name a preliminary squad of 30 players. From the preliminary squad, the team must name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. Players in the final squad may be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match, where the replacement players do not need to be in the preliminary squad.

For players named in the 30-player preliminary squad, there is 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.

Referees

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup officials

On 16 March 2018, the FIFA Council approved the use of video assistant referees (VAR) for the first time in a FIFA World Cup tournament.

On 29 March 2018, FIFA released the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected to oversee matches. On 30 April 2018, FIFA released the list of 13 video assistant referees, who will solely act as VARs in the tournament. On 30 May 2018, Saudi referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi was banned for life over match fixing, and he and his two assistant referees, Mohammed Al Abakry and Abdulah Alshalwai, were removed. A new referee was not appointed, but two assistant referees, Hasan Almahri of United Arab Emirates and Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan, received appointments.

Venues

Russia proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg.[1] Most cities are in European Russia, while Yekaterinburg[2] is very close to the Europe-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."[3]

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, Otkritie Arena was competing with Dynamo Stadium over which would be constructed first.[4]

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.[5]

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".[6]

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.[7]

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

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 Spartak 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.

Twelve stadiums in eleven Russian cities were built or renovated for the FIFA World Cup. Between 2010 (when Russia were announced as hosts) and 2018, 9 of the 12 stadiums were built (some in place of older, outdated venues) and the other 3 were renovated for the tournament.[9]

  • Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad Stadium (new). 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 (new). 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 (renovated). The largest stadium in the country was closed for renovation in 2013. The stadium was commissioned in November 2017.
  • Moscow: Spartak Stadium (new). 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 (new). The construction of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium commenced in 2015. The project was completed in December 2017.[10]
  • Rostov-on-Don: Rostov Arena (new). The stadium is located on the left bank of the Don River. The stadium construction was completed on 22 December 2017.
  • Saint Petersburg: Saint Petersburg Stadium (new). The construction of the stadium commenced in 2007 after the site clearance formerly occupied by Kirov Stadium. The project was officially completed on 29 December 2016.[11] The stadium has hosted games of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and will serve as a venue for UEFA Euro 2020.
  • Samara: Samara Arena (new). The construction officially started on 21 July 2014. The project was completed on 21 April 2018.
  • Saransk: Mordovia Arena (new). 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 (renovated). 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 (new). 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.[12]
  • Yekaterinburg: Ekaterinburg Arena (renovated). 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.
Moscow Saint Petersburg Sochi
Luzhniki Stadium Otkritie Arena
(Spartak Stadium)
Krestovsky Stadium
(Saint Petersburg Stadium)
Fisht Olympic Stadium
(Fisht Stadium)
Capacity: 78,011 Capacity: 44,190 Capacity: 64,468 Capacity: 44,287
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Volgograd
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Rostov-on-Don
Volgograd Arena Rostov Arena
Capacity: 43,713 Capacity: 43,472
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Nizhny Novgorod Kazan
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Kazan Arena
Capacity: 43,319 Capacity: 42,873
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Samara Saransk Kaliningrad Yekaterinburg
Samara Arena Mordovia Arena Kaliningrad Stadium Central Stadium
(Ekaterinburg Arena)
Capacity: 41,970 Capacity: 41,685 Capacity: 33,973 Capacity: 33,061
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Schedule

The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July 2015 (without kick-off times, which will be confirmed later). Russia will be placed in position A1 in the group stage and play in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June, which will also host the second semi-final on 11 July and the final on 15 July. The Zenit Arena in Saint Petersburg will host the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place match on 14 July.

Group stage

The top two teams of each group advance to the round of 16. Matches are played on a round-robin basis.

Tiebreakers

The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 32.5):

1.points obtained in all group matches;
 
2.goal difference in all group matches;
 
3.number of goals scored in all group matches;
 

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:

4.points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
 
5.goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
 
6.number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
 
7.fair play points
 
  • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
     
  • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
     
  • direct red card: minus 4 points;
     
  • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
     
8.drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
 

All times listed are local time.

Group A

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group A


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay (A) 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia (A) 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia (E) 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
Flag of Egypt.png Egypt (E) 3 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0
14 June 2018 (2018-06-14)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Russia Flag of Russia Good One.gif 5–0 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Gazinsky Soccerball 12'
Cheryshev Soccerball 43'90+1'
Dzyuba Soccerball 71'
Golovin Soccerball 90+4'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
17:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
Egypt Flag of Egypt.png 0–1 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Attendance: 20,015
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Giménez Soccerball 90'
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19 June 2018 (2018-06-19)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Russia Flag of Russia Good One.gif 3–1 Flag of Egypt.png Egypt Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 64,468
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
Fathy Soccerball 47' (o.g.)
Cheryshev Soccerball 59'
Dzyuba Soccerball 62'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Salah Soccerball 73' (pen.)
20 June 2018 (2018-06-20)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 1–0 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Attendance: 42,678
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Suárez Soccerball 23' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
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25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
18:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 3–0 Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia Cosmos Arena, Samara
Attendance: 41,970
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Suárez Soccerball 10'
Cheryshev Soccerball 23' (o.g.)
Cavani Soccerball 90'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Saudi Arabia Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 2–1 Flag of Egypt.png Egypt Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Attendance: 36,823
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Al-Faraj Soccerball 45+6' (pen.)
Al-Dawsari Soccerball 90+5'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Salah Soccerball 22'

Group B

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Spain.png Spain (A) 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal (A) 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
Iran.png Iran (E) 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Morocco.png Morocco (E) 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Morocco Morocco.png 0–1 Iran.png Iran Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 62,548
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Bouhaddouz Soccerball 90+5' (o.g.)
15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 3–3 Flag of Spain.png Spain Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 43,866
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Ronaldo Soccerball 4' (pen.)44'88' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Diego Costa Soccerball 24'55'
Nacho Soccerball 58'
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20 June 2018 (2018-06-20)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 1–0 Morocco.png Morocco Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
Ronaldo Soccerball 4' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
20 June 2018 (2018-06-20)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Iran Iran.png 0–1 Flag of Spain.png Spain Kazan Arena, Kazan
Attendance: 42,718
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Costa Soccerball 54'
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25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Iran Iran.png 1–1 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Attendance: 41,685
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
Ansarifard Soccerball 90+3' (pen.) Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Quaresma Soccerball 45'
25 June 2018 (2018-06-25)
20:00 KALT (UTC+2
Spain Flag of Spain.png 2–2 Morocco.png Morocco Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Attendance: 33,973
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Isco Soccerball 19'
Aspas Soccerball 90+1'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Boutaïb Soccerball 14'
En-Nesyri Soccerball 81'

Group C

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of France.png France (A) 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark (A) 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
Flag of Peru.png Peru (E) 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
Flag of Australia.png Australia (E) 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
13:00 MSK (UTC+3)
France Flag of France.png 2–1 Australia Flag of Australia.png Kazan Arena, Kazan
Attendance: 41,279
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
Griezmann Soccerball 58' (pen.)
Pogba Soccerball 81'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Jedinak Soccerball 62' (pen.)
16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
19:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Peru Flag of Peru.png 0–1 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Attendance: 40,502
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Poulsen Soccerball 59'
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21 June 2018 (2018-06-21)
16:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
Denmark Flag of Denmark.gif 1–1 Flag of Australia.png Australia Cosmos Arena, Samara
Attendance: 40,727
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Eriksen Soccerball 7' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Jedinak Soccerball 38' (pen.)
21 June 2018 (2018-06-21)
20:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
France Flag of France.png 1–0 Flag of Peru.png Peru Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Attendance: 32,789
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
Mbappé Soccerball 36' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
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26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Denmark Flag of Denmark.gif 0–0 Flag of France.png France Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Australia Flag of Australia.png 0–2 Flag of Peru.png Peru Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 44,073
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Carrillo Soccerball 18'
Guerrero Soccerball 50'

Group D

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Croatia.png Croatia (A) 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina (A) 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria (E) 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
Flag of Iceland.png Iceland (E) 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
16:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 1–1 Flag of Iceland.png Iceland Otkritie Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 44,190
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Agüero Soccerball 19' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Finnbogason Soccerball 23'
16 June 2018 (2018-06-16)
21:00 KALT (UTC+2)
Croatia Croatia.png 2–0 Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Attendance: 31,136
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Etebo Soccerball 32' (o.g.)
Modrić Soccerball 71' (pen.)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
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21 June 2018 (2018-06-21)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 0–3 Croatia.png Croatia Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Attendance: 43,319
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Rebić Soccerball 53'
Modrić Soccerball 80'
Rakitić Soccerball 90+1'
22 June 2018 (2018-06-22)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Nigeria Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg 2–0 Flag of Iceland.png Iceland Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Attendance: 40,904
Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
Musa Soccerball 49'75' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
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26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Nigeria Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg 1–2 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 64,468
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Moses Soccerball 51' (pen.) Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Messi Soccerball 14'
Rojo Soccerball 86'
26 June 2018 (2018-06-26)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Iceland Flag of Iceland.png 1–2 Croatia.png Croatia Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Attendance: 43,472
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
G. Sigurðsson Soccerball 76' (pen.) Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Badelj Soccerball 53'
Perišić Soccerball 90'

Group E

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Brazil.png Brazil (A) 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout phase
Switzerland.png Switzerland (A) 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
Flag of Serbia.png Serbia (E) 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
Flag of Costa Rica.png Costa Rica (E) 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
17 June 2018 (2018-06-17)
16:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
Costa Rica Flag of Costa Rica.png 0–1 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia Cosmos Arena, Samara
Attendance: 41,432
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Kolarov Soccerball 56'
17 June 2018 (2018-06-17)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Brazil Brazil.png 1–1 Switzerland.png Switzerland Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Attendance: 43,109
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
Coutinho Soccerball 20' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Zuber Soccerball 50'
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22 June 2018 (2018-06-22)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Brazil Brazil.png 2–0 Flag of Costa Rica.png Costa Rica Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 64,468
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Coutinho Soccerball 90+1'
Neymar Soccerball 90+7'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
22 June 2018 (2018-06-22)
20:00 KALT (UTC+2)
Serbia Flag of Serbia.png 1–2 Switzerland.png Switzerland Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Attendance: 33,167
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Mitrović Soccerball 5' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Xhaka Soccerball 52'
Shaqiri Soccerball 90'
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27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Serbia Flag of Serbia.png 0–2 Brazil.png Brazil Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 44,190
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Paulinho Soccerball 36'
Thiago Silva Soccerball 68'
27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Switzerland Switzerland.png 2–2 Flag of Costa Rica.png Costa Rica Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Attendance: 43,319
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Džemaili Soccerball 31'
Drmić Soccerball 88'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Waston Soccerball 56'
Sommer Soccerball 90+3' (o.g.)

Group F

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden (A) 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico (A) 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1 6
South Korea.png South Korea (E) 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
Germany.png Germany (E) 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
17 June 2018 (2018-06-17)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Germany Germany.png 0–1 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Lozano Soccerball 35'
18 June 2018 (2018-06-18)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Sweden Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg 1–0 South Korea.png South Korea Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Attendance: 42,300
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Grandqvist Soccerball 65' (pen.) Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
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23 June 2018 (2018-06-23)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
South Korea South Korea.png 1–2 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Attendance: 43,472
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Son Heung-min Soccerball 90+3' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Vela Soccerball 26' (pen.)
Chicharito Soccerball 66'
23 June 2018 (2018-06-23)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Germany Germany.png 2–1 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 44,287
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Reus Soccerball 48'
Kroos Soccerball 90+5'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Toivonen Soccerball 32'
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27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
South Korea South Korea.png 2–0 Germany.png Germany Kazan Arena, Kazan
Attendance: 41,385
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
Young-gwon Soccerball 90+3'
Heung-min Soccerball 90+6'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)
19:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
Mexico Flag of Mexico.png 0–3 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Attendance: 33,061
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Augustinsson Soccerball 50'
Granqvist Soccerball 62' (pen.)
Álvarez Soccerball 74' (o.g.)

Group G

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Belgium.png Belgium (A) 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9 Advance to knockout phase
England.png England (A) 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia (E) 3 1 0 2 4 8 −4 3
Panama.png Panama (E) 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
18 June 2018 (2018-06-18)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Belgium Belgium.png 3–0 Panama.png Panama Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 43,257
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Mertens Soccerball 47'
Lukaku Soccerball 69'75'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
18 June 2018 (2018-06-18)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Tunisia Flag of Tunisia.png 1–2 England.png England Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Attendance: 41,064
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Sassi Soccerball 36' (pen.) Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Kane Soccerball 11'90+1'
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23 June 2018 (2018-06-23)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Belgium Belgium.png 5–2 Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia Otkritie Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 44,190
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
Hazard Soccerball 6' (pen.)51'
Lukaku Soccerball 16'45+3'
Batshuayi Soccerball 90'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Bronn Soccerball 18'
Khazri Soccerball 90+3'
24 June 2018 (2018-06-24)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
England England.png 6–1 Panama.png Panama Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Attendance: 43,319
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
Stones Soccerball 8'40'
Kane Soccerball 22' (pen.)45+1' (pen.)62'
Lingard Soccerball 36'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Baloy Soccerball 78'
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28 June 2018 (2018-06-28)
20:00 KALT (UTC+2)
England England.png 0–1 Belgium.png Belgium Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Attendance: 33,973
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Januzaj Soccerball 51'
28 June 2018 (2018-06-28)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Panama Panama.png 1–2 Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Attendance: 37,169
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Meriah Soccerball 33' (o.g.) Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
F. Ben Youssef Soccerball 51'
Khazri Soccerball 66'

Group H

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Group H


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia (A) 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6 Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Japan.png Japan (A) 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Flag of Senegal.svg.png Senegal (E) 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Flag of Poland.png Poland (E) 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
Fair play points: Japan −4, Senegal −6.
19 June 2018 (2018-06-19)
15:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Colombia Flag of Colombia.png 1–2 Flag of Japan.png Japan Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Attendance: 40,842
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Quintero Soccerball 39' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Kagawa Soccerball 6' (pen.)
Osako Soccerball 73'
19 June 2018 (2018-06-19)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Poland Flag of Poland.png 1–2 Flag of Senegal.svg.png Senegal Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 44,190
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Krychowiak Soccerball 86' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Cionek Soccerball 37' (o.g.)
Niang Soccerball 60'
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24 June 2018 (2018-06-24)
20:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
Japan Flag of Japan.png 2–2 Flag of Senegal.svg.png Senegal Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Attendance: 32,572
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Inui Soccerball 34'
Honda Soccerball 78'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Mané Soccerball 11'
Wagué Soccerball 71'
24 June 2018 (2018-06-24)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Poland Flag of Poland.png 0–3 Flag of Colombia.png Colombia Kazan Arena, Kazan
Attendance: 42,873
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Mina Soccerball 40'
Falcao Soccerball 70'
Cuadrado Soccerball 75'
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28 June 2018 (2018-06-28)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Japan Flag of Japan.png 0–1 Flag of Poland.png Poland Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Attendance: 42,189
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Bednarek Soccerball 59'
28 June 2018 (2018-06-28)
18:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
Senegal Flag of Senegal.svg.png 0–1 Flag of Colombia.png Colombia Cosmos Arena, Samara
Attendance: 41,970
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Mina Soccerball 74'

Knockout stage

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup knockout stage

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.

If a match goes 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.


Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
30 June – Sochi            
 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay  2
6 July – Nizhny Novgorod
 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal  1  
 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay  0
30 June – Kazan
   Flag of France.png France  2  
 Flag of France.png France  4
10 July – Saint Petersburg
 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina  3  
 Flag of France.png France  1
2 July – Samara
   Belgium.png Belgium  0  
 Brazil.png Brazil  2
6 July – Kazan
 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico  0  
 Brazil.png Brazil  1
2 July – Rostov-on-Don
   Belgium.png Belgium  2  
 Belgium.png Belgium  3
15 July – Moscow (Luzhniki)
 Flag of Japan.png Japan  2  
 Flag of France.png France  4
1 July – Moscow (Luzhniki)
   Croatia.png Croatia  2
 Flag of Spain.png Spain  1 (3)
7 July – Sochi
 Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia (p)  1 (4)  
 Croatia.png Croatia (p)  1 (4)
1 July – Nizhny Novgorod
   Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia  1 (3)  
 Croatia.png Croatia (p)  1 (3)
11 July – Moscow (Luzhniki)
 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark  1 (2)  
 Croatia.png Croatia  2
3 July – Saint Petersburg
   England.png England  1   Third place
 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden  1
7 July – Samara 14 July – Saint Petersburg
 Switzerland.png Switzerland  0  
 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden  0  Belgium.png Belgium  2
3 July – Moscow (Spartak)
   England.png England  2    England.png England  0
 Flag of Colombia.png Colombia  1 (3)
 England.png England (p)  1 (4)  

Round of 16

30 June 2018 (2018-06-30)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
France Flag of France.png 4–3 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Kazan Arena, Kazan
Attendance: 42,873
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Griezmann Soccerball 13' (pen.)
Pavard Soccerball 57'
Mbappé Soccerball 64'68'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Di María Soccerball 41'
Mercado Soccerball 48'
Agüero Soccerball 90+3'
----
30 June 2018 (2018-06-30)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 2–1 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 44,287
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
Cavani Soccerball 7'62' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Pepe Soccerball 55'
----
1 July 2018 (2018-07-01)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Spain Flag of Spain.png 1–1
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Ignashevich Soccerball 12' (o.g.) Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Dzyuba Soccerball 42' (pen.)
  Penalties  
Iniesta Soccerball shad check
Piqué Soccerball shad check
Koke -Soccerball shade cross
Ramos Soccerball shad check
Aspas -Soccerball shade cross
3–4 Smolov Soccerball shad check
Ignashevich Soccerball shad check
Golovin Soccerball shad check
Cheryshev Soccerball shad check
----
1 July 2018
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Croatia Croatia.png 1–1
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Attendance: 40,851
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Mandžukić Soccerball 4' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
M. Jørgensen Soccerball 1'
  Penalties  
Badelj -Soccerball shade cross
Kramarić Soccerball shad check
Modrić Soccerball shad check
Pivarić -Soccerball shade cross
Rakitić Soccerball shad check
3–2 Eriksen -Soccerball shade cross
Kjær Soccerball shad check
Krohn-Dehli Soccerball shad check
Schöne -Soccerball shade cross
N. Jørgensen -Soccerball shade cross
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2 July 2018 (2018-07-02)
18:00 SAMT (UTC+4)
Brazil Brazil.png 2–0 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Cosmos Arena, Samara
Attendance: 41,970
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Neymar Soccerball 51'
Firmino Soccerball 88'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
----
2 July 2018 (2018-07-02)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Belgium Belgium.png 3–2 Flag of Japan.png Japan Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Attendance: 41,466
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Vertonghen Soccerball 69'
Fellaini Soccerball 74'
Chadli Soccerball 90+4'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Haraguchi Soccerball 48'
Inui Soccerball 52'
----
3 July 2018 (2018-07-03)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Sweden Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg 1–0 Switzerland.png Switzerland Piter Arena, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 64,042
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Forsberg Soccerball 66' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
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3 July 2018 (2018-07-03)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Colombia Flag of Colombia.png 1–1
(a.e.t.)
England.png England Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 44,190
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
Mina Soccerball 90+3' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Kane Soccerball 57' (pen.)
  Penalties  
Falcao Soccerball shad check
Cuadrado Soccerball shad check
Muriel Soccerball shad check
Uribe -Soccerball shade cross
Bacca -Soccerball shade cross
3–4 Kane Soccerball shad check
Rashford Soccerball shad check
Henderson -Soccerball shade cross
Trippier Soccerball shad check
Dier Soccerball shad check

Quarter-finals

6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 0–2 Flag of France.png France Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Attendance: 43,319
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Varane Soccerball 40'
Griezmann Soccerball 61'
----
6 July 2018 (2018-07-06)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Brazil Brazil.png 1–2 Belgium.png Belgium Kazan Arena, Kazan
Attendance: 42,873
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Renato Augusto Soccerball 76' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Fernandinho Soccerball 13' (o.g.)
De Bruyne Soccerball 31'
----
7 July 2018 (2018-07-07)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Sweden Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg 0-2 England.png England Cosmos Arena, Samara
Attendance: 39,991
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Maguire Soccerball 30'
Alli Soccerball 58'
----
7 July 2018 (2018-07-07)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Russia Flag of Russia Good One.gif 2-2
(a.e.t.)
Croatia.png Croatia Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Attendance: 44,287
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Cheryshev Soccerball 31'
Fernandes Soccerball 115'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Kramarić Soccerball 39'
Vida Soccerball 100'
  Penalties  
Smolov -Soccerball shade cross
Dzagoev Soccerball shad check
Fernandes -Soccerball shade cross
Ignashevich Soccerball shad check
Kuzyayev Soccerball shad check
3-4 Brozović Soccerball shad check
Kovačić -Soccerball shade cross
Modrić Soccerball shad check
Vida Soccerball shad check
Rakitić Soccerball shad check

Semi-finals

10 July 2018 (2018-07-10)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
France Flag of France.png 1–0 Belgium.png Belgium Piter Arena, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 64,286
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
Umtiti Soccerball 51' Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
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11 July 2018 (2018-07-11)
21:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Croatia Croatia.png 2–1 England.png England Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Perišić Soccerball 68'
Mandžukić Soccerball 109'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Trippier Soccerball 5'

Third place match

14 July 2018 (2018-07-14)
17:00 MSK (UTC+3)
Belgium Belgium.png 2–0 England.png England Piter Arena, Saint Petersburg
Attendance: 64,406
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Meunier Soccerball 4'
E. Hazard Soccerball 82'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)

Final

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup Final
15 July 2018 (2018-07-15)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
France Flag of France.png 4–2 Croatia.png Croatia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Mandžukić Soccerball 18' (o.g.)
Griezmann Soccerball 38' (pen.)
Mbappé Soccerball 59'
Pogba Soccerball 65'
Report (FIFA)
Report (BBC)
Perišić Soccerball 28'
Mandžukić Soccerball 69'

Statistics

Goalscorers

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.

6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Discipline

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
  • Receiving two yellow cards in two different 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:

Player Offence(s) Suspension(s)
Flag of Colombia Carlos Sánchez Red card in Group H vs Japan (matchday 1; 19 June) Group H vs Poland (matchday 2; 24 June)
Flag of Denmark Yussuf Poulsen Yellow card in Group C vs Peru (matchday 1; 16 June)
Yellow card in Group C vs Australia (matchday 2; 21 June)
Group C vs France (matchday 3; 26 June)
Germany Jérôme Boateng Yellow cardYellow cardRed card in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 2; 23 June) Group F vs South Korea (matchday 3; 27 June)
Panama Armando Cooper Yellow card in Group G vs Belgium (matchday 1; 18 June)
Yellow card in Group G vs England (matchday 2; 24 June)
Group G vs Tunisia (matchday 3; 28 June)
Panama Michael Amir Murillo Yellow card in Group G vs Belgium (matchday 1; 18 June)
Yellow card in Group G vs England (matchday 2; 24 June)
Group G vs Tunisia (matchday 3; 28 June)
Flag of Russia Good One Igor Smolnikov Yellow cardYellow cardRed card in Group A vs Uruguay (matchday 3; 25 June) Round of 16 vs Spain (1 July)
Flag of Sweden Good one Sebastian Larsson Yellow card in Group F vs Germany (matchday 2; 23 June)
Yellow card in Group F vs Mexico (matchday 3; 27 June)
Round of 16 vs Switzerland (3 July)
Flag of Mexico Héctor Moreno Yellow card in Group F vs Germany (matchday 1; 17 June)
Yellow card in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 3; 27 June)
Round of 16 vs Brazil (2 July)
Switzerland Stephan Lichtsteiner Yellow card in Group E vs Brazil (matchday 1; 17 June)
Yellow card in Group E vs Costa Rica (matchday 3; 27 June)
Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July)
Switzerland Fabian Schär Yellow card in Group E vs Brazil (matchday 1; 17 June)
Yellow card in Group E vs Costa Rica (matchday 3; 27 June)
Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July)
Flag of France Blaise Matuidi Yellow card in Group C vs Peru (matchday 2; 21 June)
Yellow card in Round of 16 vs Argentina (30 June)
Quarter-finals vs Uruguay (6 July)
Brazil Casemiro Yellow card in Group E vs Switzerland (matchday 1; 17 June)
Yellow card in Round of 16 vs Mexico (2 July)
Quarter-finals vs Belgium (6 July)
Flag of Sweden Good one Mikael Lustig Yellow card in Group F vs Mexico (matchday 3; 27 June)
Yellow card in Round of 16 vs Switzerland (3 July)
Quarter-finals vs England (7 July)
Belgium Thomas Meunier Yellow card in Group G vs Panama (matchday 1; 18 June)
Yellow card in Quarter-finals vs Brazil (6 July)
Semi-finals vs France (10 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.

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
Croatia Luka Modrić Belgium Eden Hazard Flag of France Antoine Griezmann
Golden Boot Silver Boot Bronze Boot
England Harry Kane Flag of France Antoine Griezmann Belgium Romelu Lukaku
6 goals, 0 assists 4 goals, 2 assists 4 goals, 1 assist
Golden Glove
Belgium Thibaut Courtois
Best Young Player
Flag of France Kylian Mbappé
FIFA Fair Play Award
Flag of Spain.png Spain

Additionally, FIFA.com shortlisted 18 goals for users to vote on as the tournaments' best. The poll closed on 23 July. The award was sponsored by Hyundai.

Goal of the Tournament
Goalscorer Opponent Score Round
Flag of France Benjamin Pavard Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 2–2 Round of 16

Dream Team

As was the case during the 2010 and 2014 editions, FIFA did not release an official All-Star Team, but instead invited users of FIFA.com to elect their Fan Dream Team.

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Belgium Thibaut Courtois Brazil Marcelo
Brazil Thiago Silva
Flag of France Raphaël Varane
Flag of Uruguay Diego Godín
Belgium Kevin De Bruyne
Brazil Philippe Coutinho
Croatia Luka Modrić
England Harry Kane
Flag of France Kylian Mbappé
Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo

FIFA also published an alternate team of the tournament based on player performances evaluated through statistical data.

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Belgium Thibaut Courtois Flag of Sweden Good one Andreas Granqvist
Brazil Thiago Silva
Flag of France Raphaël Varane
Flag of Colombia Yerry Mina
Flag of Russia Good One Denis Cheryshev
Brazil Philippe Coutinho
Croatia Luka Modrić
England Harry Kane
Flag of France Antoine Griezmann
Belgium Eden Hazard

Prize money

Prize money amounts were announced in October 2017.

Position Amount (million US$)
Per team Total
Champions 38 38
Runners-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

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. For the branding, a typeface called Dusha (from Душа, Russian for soul) was created by Portuguese design agency Brandia Central in 2014.

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