Countdown on for first World Cup match

15 June 2018

The World Cup 2018 kicked off at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday with Russia and Saudi Arabia taking the field for the first match of the tournament.

The Saudi team made their first World Cup appearance since 2006, off the back of successive friendly losses to Italy, Peru and Germany, though they showed patches of encouraging form and did beat Algeria and Greece in May. The stadium is under heightened security and police patrolled around the stadium and nearest metro station.