In this photo taken Friday, March 6, 2015 and provided by Profit Organisation Directorate on preparation and staging of the 2018 World Cup in the Host City of Saransk, a stadium for the 2018 World Cup is under construction in Saransk, Russia. With a population of around 300,000, Saransk is the smallest of the 11 Russian cities which will host World Cup matches in 2018. (AP Photo/Profit Organisation Directorate)

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Saransk’s stadium for the 2018 World Cup is supposed to raise the profile of this little-known Russian city, but for now Alexei Merkushkin is just trying to keep costs down.

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