85 The biggest item of federal spending was the aviation infrastructure (117.8 billion rubles). 94 Transport Free public transport services were offered for ticketholders during the World Cup, including additional trains linking between host cities, as well as services such asbus service within them. 58 Sepp Blatter stated in July 2014 that, given the concerns over the completion of venues in Russia, the number of venues for the tournament may be reduced from 12. They were satisfied with the progress. For the first time, the fair play criteria came into use, when Japan qualified over Senegal due to having received fewer yellow cards. 49 A record number of penalties were awarded in the tournament, with this phenomenon being partially attributed to VAR. English pop singer Robbie Williams then performed two songs before he and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performed a duet while other performers emerged, dressed in the flags of all 32 teams and carrying a sign bearing the name of each nation. The arena hosted its first match on Sochi: Fisht Stadium. 18 Zimbabwe and Indonesia were later disqualified before playing their first matches, 19 20 while Gibraltar and Kosovo, who joined fifa on fter the qualifying draw but before European qualifying had begun, also entered the competition. 32 33 The 32 teams were drawn into 8 groups of 4, by selecting one team from each of the 4 ranked pots. 100 Russia was placed in position A1 in the group stage and played in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia, the two lowest-ranked teams of the tournament at the time of the final draw. Group A Pre-match ceremony prior to the opening game, Russia v Saudi Arabia Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup Group A Source: fifa Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers (H) Host.