Rainbow flag on display during Putin's World Cup speech

President Kagame and his Russian counterpart held talks in Moscow

President Kagame and his Russian counterpart held talks in Moscow

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.

Peter Tatchell was detained near the statue of Marshal Zhukov in a public square which was busy with football fans ahead of the first game of the World Cup, while holding a poster attacking Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The first game of the 2018 World Cup takes place later today and unfortunately it is probably not going to be a memorable one.

Still, Russia easily won the match 5-0.

The game would end 5-0 to Russian Federation, thus continuing the tradition of hosts not losing their opening World Cup game.

First-half substitute Denis Cheryshev scored his first worldwide goals in the 43rd and 90+1 minutes in World Cup opener.

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With spirits high as their national team opened the World Cup in Russia Thursday, Saudi Arabian soccer fans said they would be open to the prospect of playing against Israel in the future, as Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman wished the gulf kingdom luck in the worldwide soccer tournament.

"During the World Cup it is forbidden to hold any action like this against Putin, against all these things", the policeman told him.

Putin and Infantino smiled and shrugged as they sat next to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Many supporters were visiting Russian Federation for the first time.

Before the match, pop star Robbie Williams performed "Let Me Entertain You" in an Opening Ceremony that involved 800 people and ramped up the atmosphere inside Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The preparations of 2010 winners Spain are in tatters after coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked just two days before their opening game on Friday against Portugal.

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Saudi Arabia captain Osama Hawsawi was on his guard against Golovin - and Argentine referee Nestor Pitana didn't bother to consult the video assistant despite Golovin's penalty appeal.

While Neymar, the world´s most expensive player, has recovered from a broken bone in his foot in time, the strength of prolific Egypt striker Mohamed Salah´s injured shoulder is less certain.

One concern for Russian Federation, however, is that creative midfielder Alan Dzagoev appears to have injured a hamstring in the first half.

The biggest event Russian Federation has hosted since Soviet times, when the United States and others boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics over the invasion of Afghanistan, will put a spotlight on how Russian Federation has, since the chaotic collapse of Communism, resurrected its economy and a tight social order under the former KGB agent.

He said it was not related to their gender.

"As far as the team are concerned, I must acknowledge the fact that, unfortunately, our team have not achieved big results in recent times", Putin said.

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