After 4 lengthy years, the World Cup is lastly again.
Russia 2018 kicks off on Thursday afternoon with the host nation taking over Saudi Arabia on the Luzhniki Stadium within the capital Moscow.
You may observe the opening ceremony and all of the motion from the event’s first match, with proceedings on account of kick off at 3.30pm BST. Our man on the helm shall be DAN RIPLEY.
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14.15: Followers from each groups are in good spirits as they arrive on the Luzhniki
A supporter takes a bunch selfie in entrance of Russia followers outdoors the stadium earlier than the sport
Russia followers shall be hopeful their aspect can open up with a win on house soil
A Saudi Arabia fan exhibits off their nationwide flag as he arrives for the World Cup kick-off
Saudi Arabia supporters are wanting ahead to their first World Cup since 2006
14.11: This can be a enormous recreation for Russia and Saudi Arabia…
And never simply because it’s the opening recreation and all of the eyes are all on them. They’re additionally in a bunch together with Uruguay and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt.
With powerful video games like these to come back, victory right this moment is probably essential to whether or not they progress past the group stage.
Russia and Saudi Arabia are additionally grouped with Egypt and Uruguay. The highest two will progress
14.05: The Luzhniki Stadium is all set for the primary recreation of the event
The Luzhniki Stadium will host the opening recreation for the FIFA World Cup finals
The host nation Russia shall be taking over Saudi Arabia to kick off proceedings
Kick-off for the Group A conflict is at 4pm BST in the one recreation of the day from Russia
14:00: Bear in mind all these worldwide breaks you have been pressured to endure?
Effectively, your persistence is about to repay. It is lastly right here. Arguably the best present on Earth.
Welcome to the The FIFA World Cup!
Sportsmail kicks off stay protection of the tournamnet with the barnstormer of… Russia vs Saudi Arabia.
Oh properly, they cannot all catch the creativeness however perhaps these two groups can spring a shock and produce a gap recreation to recollect… what do you imply they’re the 2 lowest ranked groups?
Russia followers arrive on the Luzhniki Stadium for his or her aspect’s opening recreation in opposition to Saudi Arabia