Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana has been appointed as referee for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 14th at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Referees Nestor Pitana along with Argentinean assistants Juan Pablo Bellati and Hernan Maidana have the honor of hosting the opening match of the 2018 World Cup, the fourth Brazilian referee, Sandro Ricci.
The 2018 World Cup has a very different look from the previous tournaments, which is the first video-assisted video technology to be adopted. There are four dedicated video camera angles to help the referee make the most accurate decisions. Argentine assistant team Massimiliano Irrati (VAR), Mauro Vigliano of Argentina (AVAR 1), Carlos Astroza of Chile (AVAR2) and Daniele Orsato (AVAR3) will be the first to perform this task. .
For the individual Nestor Pitana, this is the second consecutive World Cup he took the task, he became the second Argentinian referee to work twice in the World Cup, before referee Norberto Coerezza was working in the World Cup 1970 and 1978. Mr. Pitana was judged to be among the most experienced referees in South America. He started his career in the 2007 Argentinean league and started his first international duties in 2010. At the Brazilian World Cup in 2014, he held four matches, including the French encounter against Germany. Quarterfinals.
Pitana also works at the Olympic football tournament in Brazil in 2016, where he “squeezed the ball” of the semi-final between Germany and Nigeria. In the year 2017, Pitana participated in another semi-final, which was a match between Germany and Mexico in the FIFA Confed Cup semi-finals. With such experience, Mr. Pitana deserves the honor of opening the 2018 World Cup.