World Cup day one: Russia win opener after Robbie gets party started

The 2018 World Cup is underway, with tens of thousands of global football fans descending on Russia for the month-long tournament.

Hosts Russia kicked off their campaign by crushing fellow lowly-ranked Saudi Arabia 5-0, as England kicking off their campaign on Monday.

The opening ceremony took place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of the first fixture – with Robbie Williams wowing the crowd.

More than 1.5million fans are expected in Russia, with a global TV audience of three billion.


<p>Russian players celebrate their side fifth goal against Saudi Arabia during the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia win opener after Robbie gets party started

Russian players celebrate their side fifth goal against Saudi Arabia during the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)

<p>Russia’s Alexander Golovin scores his side’s fifth goal as Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf makes an attempt to stop the ball during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Russia won 5-0. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Russia’s Alexander Golovin scores his side’s fifth goal as Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf makes an attempt to stop the ball during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Russia won 5-0. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

<p>Russia’s Alexander Golovin , right, scores his side’s fifth goal during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia win opener after Robbie gets party started

Russia’s Alexander Golovin , right, scores his side’s fifth goal during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

<p>Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (RUSSIA SOCCER FIFA WORLD CUP, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Moscow). </p>
World Cup day one: Russia win opener after Robbie gets party started

Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (RUSSIA SOCCER FIFA WORLD CUP, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Moscow).

<p>Russia’s Artyom Dzyuba, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia win opener after Robbie gets party started

Russia’s Artyom Dzyuba, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

<p>Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Getty Images) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Getty Images)

<p>Russia’s Denis Cheryshev celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia win opener after Robbie gets party started

Russia’s Denis Cheryshev celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

<p>A couple kiss as fans celebrate after Russia scored the first goal during the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in the fan zone in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

A couple kiss as fans celebrate after Russia scored the first goal during the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in the fan zone in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

<p>Goal scorer Lury Gazinski of Russia celebrates the host nation’s opener in Moscow. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Goal scorer Lury Gazinski of Russia celebrates the host nation’s opener in Moscow. (Getty)

<p>Russia fans celebrate in the stands after the home side go ahead in the opening World Cup game. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Russia fans celebrate in the stands after the home side go ahead in the opening World Cup game. (Getty)

<p>Abdullah Almuaiouf of Saudi Arabia makes a save from a Fedor Smolov effort in the first half. (PA) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Almuaiouf of Saudi Arabia makes a save from a Fedor Smolov effort in the first half. (PA)

<p>Russia’s Yury Gazinsky got the hosts off and running when his back post header opened the scoring after 12 minutes. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Russia’s Yury Gazinsky got the hosts off and running when his back post header opened the scoring after 12 minutes. (Getty)

<p>Iury Gazinsky celebrates with his Russian teammates after putting the host nation ahead in the Group A fixture. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Iury Gazinsky celebrates with his Russian teammates after putting the host nation ahead in the Group A fixture. (Getty)

<p>Full house: The Luzhniki Stadium had barely a spare seat as kick off approached. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Full house: The Luzhniki Stadium had barely a spare seat as kick off approached. (Getty)

<p>Let him entertain you: Robbie Williams warms up the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Let him entertain you: Robbie Williams warms up the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Getty)

<p>Zabivaka the FIFA World Cup Russia mascot and Brazil legend Ronaldo wave to the crowd during the opening ceremony. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Zabivaka the FIFA World Cup Russia mascot and Brazil legend Ronaldo wave to the crowd during the opening ceremony. (Getty)

<p>Robbie Williams was the surprise performer named to sing at the opening ceremony. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Robbie Williams was the surprise performer named to sing at the opening ceremony. (Getty)

<p>Spanish legend Iker Casillas holds the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy aloft before kick off. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Spanish legend Iker Casillas holds the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy aloft before kick off. (Getty)

<p>Russian fans don body paint to show their colours in the stands at the Luzhniki Stadium. (PA) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Russian fans don body paint to show their colours in the stands at the Luzhniki Stadium. (PA)

<p>Up for the Cup: A Saudi Arabia fan with a replica World Cup trophy at the Luzhniki Stadium. (PA) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Up for the Cup: A Saudi Arabia fan with a replica World Cup trophy at the Luzhniki Stadium. (PA)

<p>A female Russian fan shows her support for the host nation in Moscow. (PA) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

A female Russian fan shows her support for the host nation in Moscow. (PA)

<p>Dedicated: A Russian fan in the build-up to the big kick off. (PA) </p>
World Cup day one” Russia v Saudi Arabia

Dedicated: A Russian fan in the build-up to the big kick off. (PA)

<p>Broadcast around the world: A view from the media centre of the Luzhniki Stadium. </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Broadcast around the world: A view from the media centre of the Luzhniki Stadium.

<p>National pride: Russian supporters show off their country’s colours in Moscow ahead of the first fixture. (EPA) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

National pride: Russian supporters show off their country’s colours in Moscow ahead of the first fixture. (EPA)

<p>Russian to be involved: A fan of the host nation sports some elaborate headgear in Moscow before the first Group A fixture. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Russian to be involved: A fan of the host nation sports some elaborate headgear in Moscow before the first Group A fixture. (Getty)

<p>Fans pose with a Mascot ahead of the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Fans pose with a Mascot ahead of the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

<p>Global celebration: Fans from all over the world flocked to Moscow to savour the big tournament atmosphere. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Global celebration: Fans from all over the world flocked to Moscow to savour the big tournament atmosphere. (Getty)

<p>Security on patrol outside the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Security on patrol outside the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

<p>Countdown: The clock in Moscow’s Red Square has almost ticked down to zero. (Getty) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Countdown: The clock in Moscow’s Red Square has almost ticked down to zero. (Getty)

<p>Ready and waiting: The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the opening game of the tournament. (PA) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Ready and waiting: The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the opening game of the tournament. (PA)

<p>Entertainers on stilts outside the stadium ahead of kick off<br> Russia v Saudi Arabia (Rex) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Entertainers on stilts outside the stadium ahead of kick off
Russia v Saudi Arabia (Rex)

<p>Mexico fans take a selfie outside the stadium ahead of kick off. (Rex) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Mexico fans take a selfie outside the stadium ahead of kick off. (Rex)

<p>Colombia fans get in on the carnival atmosphere with a replica world cup trophy. (PA) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Colombia fans get in on the carnival atmosphere with a replica world cup trophy. (PA)

<p>Filling up: Fans flock to the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday for the first game of the tournament. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Filling up: Fans flock to the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday for the first game of the tournament. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

<p>Security presence: A line of police patrol Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday morning. (EPA) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Security presence: A line of police patrol Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday morning. (EPA)

<p>Soccer fans ride in the metro near the Luzhniki stadium before the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Soccer fans ride in the metro near the Luzhniki stadium before the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

<p>Buoyant atmosphere: Fans gather near the Luzhniki metro station, close to the stadium, a few hours before kick off. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Buoyant atmosphere: Fans gather near the Luzhniki metro station, close to the stadium, a few hours before kick off. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

<p>Fans arrive at the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the World Cup opener. (EPA) </p>
World Cup day one: Russia v Saudi Arabia

Fans arrive at the Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the World Cup opener. (EPA)

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