The countdown for the 2018 World Cup is officially over as the host country Russia is about to play Saudi Arabia in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
At the opening ceremony for the World Cup, Robbie Williams performed and many of the fans in the Luzhniki are dancing and singing along. President of Russia Vladimir Putin will address the stadium and the watching world then the first match will kick-off
Starting line-ups for the opening match of the World Cup between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia in Group A in Moscow on Thursday (1600 GMT kick-off):
Igor Akinfeev (capt), Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kupetov, Sergey Ignashevich, Iury Gazinsky, Alan Dzagoev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Golovin, Yury Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov, Fedor Smolov
Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov (RUS)
Abdullah Al-Muaiouf, Osama Hawsawi (capt), Omar Hawsawi, Mohammed Al-Burayk, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Salman Al-Faraj, Yahia Al-Shehri, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassam, Salem Al-Dawsari, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi (ESP)
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
Russia’s players have spoken a lot ahead of this game of their genuine respect for Saudi Arabia, pointing out the players’ fine technique and Pizzi’s focus on creative, short-passing football.
Georgy Dzhikiya, the Russia defender who most likely would have been on the pitch has been watching his friends’ warm-up intensely. It’s such a shame he suffered that unfortunate injury and wasn’t able to recover in time. He will, however, be one of the most important Russian fans.
The Russia team might not have enjoyed the greatest results of late but their fans have turned out in force, determined to roar their team to victory.
As the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off today and the entire world is looking up to the host Russia to deliver the best of the biggest sporting event in the world.
According to PremiumTimes, there are three things that will constantly be highlighted by the media Video Assistant Referee [VAR], racism, and goals.