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.
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.