Vibrant colourful ceremony kicks off World Cup 2018

Thursday, 2018-06-14 22:49:38
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A performance at the opening ceremony. (Photo: Reuters)
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NDO – The World Cup 2018 officially commenced on Thursday night (June 14) following a vibrant colourful opening ceremony at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – the national stadium of Russia.

Luzhniki Stadium on the opening night. (Photo: Getty)

FIFA Legend and 2010 FIFA World Cup winner Iker Casillas and Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova were seen next to the World Cup Trophy at Luzhniki Stadium. (Photo: Getty)

Iker Casillas held the World Cup trophy. (Photo: Getty)

Global music icon Robbie Williams performed at the opening ceremony. (Photo: The Guardian)

Arts and musical performances on the opening night. (Photo: FIFA)

Former Brazilian football star Ronaldo and Zabivaka, the official mascot of the 2018 World Cup, appeared at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Photo: Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his opening remarks. (Photo: ITV)

The Group A opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia took place after the opening ceremony. (Photo: FIFA)