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South America’s exact center tries Russia at its World Cup opener

June 18, 2014, 9:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia’s inaugural match in its Group H against South Koreans at Cuiaba’s Arena Pantanal ended with a 1-1 tie
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Infographics World Cup 2014: Arena Pantanal World Cup 2014: Arena Pantanal
World Cup 2014: Arena Pantanal. Sketch of the stadium and the match schedule. Infographics by ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, June 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Located in the exact center of South America, the Brazilian city of Cuiaba was chosen by the country’s authorities to be one of the 12 venues across to host the much anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup, running between June 12 and July 13.

The city with the population of 550,000 offers the Arena Pantanal stadium, which boasts the accommodating capacity of over 41,000 spectators and was particularly built for hosting the global championship’s matches.

Cuiaba hosts four matches throughout the championship and one of them was the match between Russia and South Korea on Tuesday night.

The stadium was already first-hand tested at the championship by Chile vs. Australia encounter on June 13, when the Chilean squad breezed past the Australians 3-1.

Besides the aforementioned game and last night’s encounter between the Russian and the South Korean squads, the capital of the state of Mato Grosso will host the Nigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina match on June 21 and Japan vs. Colombia clash on June 24.

Russia’s inaugural match in its Group H against South Koreans kicked off at Cuiaba’s Arena Pantanal at 6.00 pm local time and ended with a 1-1 tie.

The national team, coached by Italy’s Fabio Capello, is scheduled to play its next match against Belgium in Rio de Janeiro on June 22 and to complete the group stage with a match against Algeria on June 26.

Earlier in the month, Russia's Consul General in Rio de Janeiro Andrei Budayev said that a total of up to 20,000 Russian citizens were expected to arrive in Brazil for the World Cup matches.

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