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The best pictures from the World Cup opening ceremony

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RUSSIA 2018

The likes of Robbie Williams performed at the official opening of the tournament

The World Cup has officially started and it could not have gone better for the host nation as Russia secured a comfortable 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the opening game.

MATCH REPORT: Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia

Russia needed to win the game if they had any ambitions of making it to the knockout stages

However, before the football began, there was an opening ceremony inside the Luzhniki Stadium to officially mark the beginning of the month-long tournament.

Fans were treated to performances from the likes of Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina while dancers and trampolinists strutted their stuff on the pitch to give the event a Russian feel.

The use of Robbie Williams attracted some criticism on social media but on the whole it was an uplifting ceremony. Below you can see the best pictures from the event.

 

The colourful opening ceremony begins

The colourful opening ceremony begins

Robbie Williams lights up the Luzhniki Stadium

Robbie Williams lights up the Luzhniki Stadium

As well as having a British popstar performing the ceremony had a Russian feel to it

As well as having a British popstar performing the ceremony had a Russian feel to it

Russia president Vladimir Putin addresses the world

Russia president Vladimir Putin addresses the world

Williams sings with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina and the mascot is loving the performance!

Williams sings with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina and the mascot is loving the performance!

The pair sing ‘Angels’ together – one of Williams’ most famous songs

The pair sing ‘Angels’ together – one of Williams’ most famous songs

Russia welcomes the world to the FIFA World Cup

Russia welcomes the world to the FIFA World Cup



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