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FIFA World Cup 2018: Football mania begins

Sports Desk: FIFA World Cup in Russia got underway as the footballing extravaganza's first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia began after the Opening Ceremony concluded in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

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Opening ceremony was a star studded show with Robbie Williams and Ronaldo Nazario to grace the ceremony.

Hosts Russia have a point to prove as they host Saudi Arabia in the opener of FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday in a contest between the two lowest-ranked teams participating in the football extravaganza in Moscow.

Also read: 2018 FIFA WC: Russia aim to upset Saudi Arabia in opener

Ranked 70th, Stanislav Cherchesov’s side will make the most of home support as they face Saudi Arabia, who are three spots ahead of the hosts.

Russia, who have never made it to the knockout stage before, will make the most of a relatively weak Group A which also comprises of Egypt and Uruguay. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia return to the world stage for the first time since 2006 and under a manager who did not get much time to prepare his team.

Also read: FIFA WC 2018: Russia host Saudi in tournament opener; Top 5 players



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