Gianluca Rocchi to referee debut match against Portugal in Sochi

Ciudad del Fútbol 14 Jun 2018
The Italian referee to umpire Spain's debut match in the Russia World Cup

The countdowns on for Spain's Russia World Cup debut. The first group stage match, which takes place on Friday at 8pm CET, against Portugal at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi. 

FIFA has published the designated referee to manage Spain's debut, it will be Gianluca Rocchi

The Italian referee has a great experience in key matches, and FIFA now counts with an added exercise VAR. 

This season Rocchi has refereed key semifinals of the Europa League between Atlético Madrid and Arsenal and the round of 16 Champions League between Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain.