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Russia-Costa Rica friendly match inaugurates newly-built football arena in Krasnodar

October 09, 16:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The 34,300-seat stadium was constructed within three and a half years period for local Krasnodar FC, which is playing in the Russian Football Premier League
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MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. A friendly match on Sunday between the national football teams of Russia and Costa Rica will be the inaugural game to be played at the newly-constructed football stadium in the Russian southern city of Krasnodar.

The national teams around the globe are currently in the qualifying stage battling for the place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Russia as the host nation has been already guaranteed the birth in the world’s main quadrennial football event.

Therefore, the Russian national team is playing friendly football matches in the run-up to the much anticipated FIFA World Cup and today’s game against Costa Rica will be its third friendly encounter over the past two months.

The match between the teams from Russia and Costa Rica, which currently hold the 38th and 18th places respectively in the FIFA World Rankings, will kick off at 4:00 p.m. local time (13:00 GMT) at the newly-built stadium in Krasnodar.

The 34,300-seat stadium was constructed within three and a half years period for local Krasnodar FC, which is playing in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) and is currently attempting to make its way through the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

The local football club will play its first match at the new home stadium on October 20 against Germany’s Schalke FC, while tonight’s game between the national teams of Russia and Costa Rica is expected to draw a full-house attendance.

The Russia football squad played two friendly matches in early September - against Turkey (0-0) and then versus Ghana (1-0).

Besides today’s match, Russia is also scheduled to play two more friendly games before December, which are against Qatar on November 10 in Doha and Romania on November 15 in Chechnya’s Grozny.

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