The World Cup kicked off in truly lavish fashion as host nation Russia put on a star-studded display at the opening ceremony to officially commence the start of the global showpiece.
Thousands of revellers packed inside the sold-out stadium to witness the dazzling opening ceremony, with all the bells and whistles which have become synonymous with similar events of World Cups’ past.
The tournament kicks off in earnest with Russia taking on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, with the hosts harbouring the added pressure of impressing in front of their home fans.
Pop sensation Robbie Williams performed three songs as part of the opening ceremony for the 2018 World Cup.
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