Update: 11:04 | 15/06/2018
The World Cup 2018 officially commenced on Thursday night (June 14) following a vibrant colorful opening ceremony at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – the national stadium of Russia.
A performance at the opening ceremony. (Photo: Reuters).
Luzhniki Stadium on the opening night. (Photo: Getty).
Iker Casillas held the World Cup trophy. (Photo: Getty).
Global music icon Robbie Williams performed at the opening ceremony. (Photo: The Guardian).
Arts and musical performances on the opening night. (Photo: FIFA).
Former Brazilian football star Ronaldo and Zabivaka, the official mascot of the 2018 World Cup, appeared at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Photo: Reuters).
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his opening remarks. (Photo: ITV).
The Group A opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia took place after the opening ceremony. (Photo: FIFA).