Web Desk(June 14, 2018): Football fans around the world have been waiting on the start of the 2018 World Cup for years, and the wait is now over. Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in the first match of the World Cup 2018 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow (11 a.m. ET) on Thursday.
The match will start following an opening extravaganza at the host stadium that is expected to include approximately 500 performers, including gymnasts and dancers. International pop star Robbie Williams will perform alongside rising Russian artist Aida Garifullina. Then, the focus will turn to the pitch. Rongen knows both clubs have faced adversity in preparations for the 2018 World Cup, but they have their sights set on a hope-inspiring victory Russia enters the opening match in full strength, but they have yet to win a friendly in 2018, with two of the matches coming against World Cup favourites Brazil and France. They will hope those games against formidable opponents will have them ready to get their first ever taste of knockout stage if they can escape Group A.