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Construction at World Cup stadium in Samara still behind schedule

FIFA warned on Wednesday that a huge amount of work still needs to be done to get the stadium in Samara ready for the World Cup which kicks off on June 14.

With less than three months remaining before the 45,000-seat venue is due to host a Group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia, the pitch has yet to be laid.

Construction work at the Samara Arena, one of 12 venues that will stage World Cup matches this year, has been hit by a number of setbacks in recent months, putting authorities under additional pressure to deliver a proper venue for the tournament.

Smith said the "full support and commitment" of Russian authorities and the venue's contractor were essential for the venue to be commissioned by the end of April as had been originally planned.

Alexei Sorokin, the CEO of the local organising committee, assured that the work on the venue would be completed by the end of April.

The stadium will host four group-stage matches, including Russia's showdown with Uruguay, a last-16 tie and a quarter-final.








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