Light therapy sessions after the semi-final between Argentina and Croatia last Tuesday failed to protect the entire pitch at Lusail Stadium.
The playing surface of the Argentina-France final, which kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. this Sunday, is, according to the testimony of a special correspondent from beIn Sports, "well damaged".
It is true that this is the tenth meeting in 26 days in this stadium.
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🇦🇷🇫🇷 The Lusail Stadium lawn was so damaged that synthetic was added in the 6 meter area!
— beIN SPORTS (@beinsports_FR) December 18, 2022
It is in particular in the area in front of a goal that the observation is the most spectacular since a totally synthetic turf square had to be laid.
This is enough to give goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Emiliano Martinez a few cold sweats.
We know that synthetic pitches usually require special studs and lead to different rebounds compared to a conventional pitch.
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#ARG #FRA pic.twitter.com/jwJL0JfYxn
— Benjamin Quarez (@B_Quarez) December 18, 2022
According to details from GrassMax Systems on Twitter, the lawn of Lusail Stadium is hybrid, that is to say that it combines natural grass and synthetic microfibers.
All eyes on @GrassmaxSystems for Sunday's Final match at Lusail Stadium.
Congratulations to our partners and friends at GrassMax Systems, we are proud to serve as the United States distributor of GrassMax hybrid stitched grass and excited to build on our portfolio in 2023!
— Iowa Sports Turf (@IowaSportsTurf) December 14, 2022
The nine matches already played at Lusail Stadium are: Argentina-Saudi Arabia, Brazil-Serbia, Argentina-Mexico, Portugal-Uruguay, Saudi Arabia-Mexico, Cameroon-Brazil, Portugal-Switzerland and Netherlands-Argentina and Argentina-Croatia.