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Landslide hits Russia World Cup stadium

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A landslide has caused “significant damage” to one of Russia’s brand new World Cup stadiums, while roads created outside another stadium for the tournament have also been damaged by torrential rain. 

The Volgograd Arena, which cost £198M to build, was damaged by heavy rain on Sunday with video footage showing a deep hole near the venue. 

An earth embankment separating the 45,000-seat arena from the Volga River gave way on the same day that France beat Croatia at the World Cup final 969km away in Moscow. 

Meanwhile the Nizhny Novgorod stadium, near Moscow, was also damaged by the rain as a road and a path collapsed in the rain.

A spokesperson for Sport In company, which oversaw construction, told Reuters there were also leaks inside the stadium that could take up to a week to repair. Water and sewerage pipes were broken and power was cut off in the arena. 

The embankment and road was intended to form a part of the tournament’s legacy for the city by easing congestion, ESPN said.

Eight teams played World Cup group matches in Volgograd, including England and Japan who made it to the knockout stages.

The Volgograd Arena, a stadium that can accommodate up to 45,000 spectators, was built for the World Cup at a cost of more than 16 billion roubles (£198M). 

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