SAMARA, Russia | The Latest: Heat wave means water giveaway at Russia-Uruguay

SAMARA, Russia | The Latest: Heat wave means water giveaway at Russia-Uruguay

SAMARA, Russia — With Russia set to play Uruguay in a heat wave, authorities in Samara say they’ll be distributing free drinking water at the stadium.

The local government is warning temperatures could hit 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) at the Samara Arena around the time of the game Monday.

Some fans must walk nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) to the stadium after arriving on public transportation, and medical staff with water will be deployed along the route and by the stadium entrances.

Both Russia and Uruguay have qualified for the knockout stages before the game, which will determine who finishes first in Group A.

If there’s a draw, host nation Russia would claim top spot due to a superior goal difference.

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By Associated Press

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