Indeed, the concept enjoyed such strong popularity and intuitive appeal that no one bothered to check the facts. Both Iceland and Panama qualified for the first time, with the former becoming the smallest country in terms of population to reachthe World Cup. Afterwards, it was renovated in preparation for the 2017 fifa Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup. 63 Rostov-on-Don: Rostov Arena. 51 fifa declared the implementation of VAR a success after the first week of competition. The construction of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium commenced in 2015. The arena's stands have a capacity of 35,000 spectators. There's mounting evidence that it's a health hazard. Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara all hosted six matches, including one quarter-final match each, while the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don hosted five matches, including one round-of-16 match each. Perhaps it's the gruff mustache or the cool, unflinching exterior, but we feel like this seal can play the bagpipes and enjoys a good haggis. The first piles were driven into the ground in September 2015. 4, it was also the first World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system. The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg hosted the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place play-off on 14 July. On the new stadium hosted its first match.