Argentina's Nestor Pitana (C) takes part in a referees' training session at the Lokomotiv stadium in Moscow on June 11, 2018, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament

Argentine Referee Pitana to Officiate 2018 FIFA World Cup Opening Match

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A team of Argentine referees led by Nestor Pitana will officiate the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, FIFA said via its official Twitter account Tuesday.

Pitana, who officiated four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, will be assisted by Juan Pablo Belatti and Hernan Maidana.

​Russia will face Saudi Arabia at Moscow's 81,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. Moscow time (15:00 GMT).

The teams will also play Egypt and Uruguay in Group A games.



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