Here the statistics, hosting the World Cup is not the path to success it once was. The first 11 editions of the world cup, from 1930 to 1978, produced five home Champions. Since then, It was only France in 1998. Never, like United States, Japan, South Korea or South Africa were going to win the World Cup. Not even Russia in 2018. But the home team kicked off their World Cup journey in style.
Russia sealed Saudi Arabia 5-0 vectory in front of home crowd in Moscow. Luzhniki exploded into raptures after only 12 minutes when Yury Gazinsky headed home for the opener. It is the biggest win by the host nation in the opening game of a World Cup since 1934.
Russia spending more than $13 billion (11 billion euros) on world cup occassion. 32 teams are taking part in the competition where Matches will be held in 11 cities.
The World Cup was presented in front of the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium by Iker Casillas and Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova ahead of the opening ceremony.
Robbie Williams performed and entertained the crowd during a colorful opening ceremony before the match at the Luzhniki Stadium.
president Vladimir Putin gave a lengthy speech before the opening game. earlier on, Russia faced diplomatic crisis for poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Seems, he managed it.
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