Flag-waving fans party as World Cup kicks off in Moscow

An Iranian fan dances in font of the Saviour of Spilled Blood Cathedral in St. Petersburg Russia Wednesday

Russian Federation launched the World Cup party in spectacular style when they thrashed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament's opening match on Thursday to give the host nation the lift they desperately needed after a nine-month winless run.

He then escorted Putin off the stage and the conference - which announced North America would host the 2026 World Cup - stopped for an unscheduled coffee break.

Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov has called for calm following his team's 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in their opening World Cup Group A match.

The Saudi Arabia squad lines up just before the kick-off of the openning match of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Saudi Arabia national football team could be in trouble following a disastrous start to the 2018 Fifa World Cup on Thursday evening in Moscow, Russia.

According to the Nigeria Daily News site, Russian authorities have rejected an official request from the Nigeria supporters association to bring live chickens into World Cup stadiums - a common good luck charm in Nigeria.

Al-Sheikh claims Saudi Arabia failed to meet their requirements "even by five per cent" following the heavy defeat.

Mourinho was spotted watching Russia's final pre-World Cup friendly against Austria last month, with reports suggesting the Portuguese was scouting Aleksandr Golovin and not Marko Arnautovic, as was initially speculated.

In a World Cup first, the video assistant referee system was available for the match between the tournament's lowest-ranked teams, though it wasn't used.

The Saudis face Uruguay on June 20 and Egypt on June 25.

However, it is his hard work and passionate displays that sees a team perform better when he is in the side.

Pele once revealed that playing futsal really changed his game and I quote, "It's a lot quicker than football on grass". Saudi Arabia top-scored in Asian qualifying so both teams to score is worth backing at a relatively big price.

Saudi Arabia's route to the knockout round is much more hard.

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