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Russia, Saudi Arabia opens FIFA 2018 World Cup
June 14, 2018, 1:26 pm
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FIFA 2018 World Cup will kick start in Moscow on Thursday with the opening clash between the host nation, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. Fans from around the globe have been waiting for this moment since 14 July, 2014, when Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the 20th World Cup that was held in Brazil and claimed the trophy.

The competition begins between Russia and Saudi Arabia, two teams full of hopes to achieving positive results that would take them to the next stage. The match will be held at Luzhniki Stadium, which has a capacity of 80,000 people, immediately following the opening ceremony. This stadium will also host the final game.

The Russians wants to have a good start to prevent repetition of its 2010 World Cup appearance, when the team was eliminated from group stages. The Russians have the advantage of home crowd. This year's group includes Uruguay and Egypt. Saudi Arabia seems to have high morale following its recent friendly against Germany, although they lost 2-1.

Both teams will look forward to win points and coaches will start with their best players, because the job against Uruguay and Egypt is expected to be tougher.

The opening ceremony will feature 500 dancers, gymnasts and other entertainers. Puerto Rican singer Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Kosovo's Era Istrefi will perform the 2018 World Cup anthem 'live It Up'.

The opening ceremony will also feature Britain's Robbi Williams, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina and Brazil's former football player Ronaldo. 

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