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Organization of Russia-France friendly match in St. Petersburg to be analyzed

The organizing committee jointly with the host city will conduct a thorough analysis of yesterday’s match

MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018 will analyze all details and draw conclusions after the friendly football match between the national teams of Russia and France on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg, the LOC press service announced to TASS on Wednesday.

The friendly match was held at the Saint Petersburg Arena, which was also the venue for matches of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and long lines of people at the stadium’s entrances were reported before the game. Many football fans managed to enter the stadium only in the middle of the first half of the game.

"The match between Russia and France was one of the test games before the (2018 FIFA) World Cup," the press service said. "The LOC Russia-2018 tested during this match a set of operational services such as the teams’ services, the service of the VIP-zone clients as well as the work of volunteers."

"The organizing committee jointly with the host city will conduct a thorough analysis of yesterday’s match and will draw the necessary conclusions to make the attendance of the championship’s matches as comfortable as possible for all football fans," the press service said.

"This time spectators were let inside and outside of the stadium in line with a new scheme, which was different from matches of the 2017 Confederations Cup and will be used during the upcoming World Cup," according to the LOC Russia-2018.

The French national team defeated Russia 3-1 in a friendly football match held on Tuesday night at a stadium in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg.

The goals for France were scored by Kylian Mbappe (40th and 83rd minutes) and Paul Pogba (49th minute). Hosts Russia scored once and it was a goal from Fedor Smolov (68th minute).

The over 68,000-seat capacity stadium in St. Petersburg was designed to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. It was laid down in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg in 2007. The stadium was the venue for the opening and the final matches of the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.