World Cup opens as hosts Russian Federation face Saudi Arabia

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'For me, the game against Egypt is the crucial match of the group.

FFT would normally chuckle at such an overreaction - but then we remember watching that defensive display all over again. Substitute Denis Cheryshev rifled home a second shortly before half-time.

Following the match which ended with Saudi Arabia losing 5-0 against its Russian opponent, al-Sheikh took to Twitter sharing a video where he said he took full responsibility for the loss.

The singer's gesture came during his performance in Moscow this morning.

The tournament which is a month-long is expected to attract one and a half million fans to Russian Federation and an estimated global television audience of over three billion viewers.

"This is really cool", Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who was released from jail earlier in the day, wrote on social media.

Gerard Pique wishes Antoine Griezmann success after Barca snub
Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and has scored 112 goals in all competitions for the club. He also posted a video on Twitter with the captain, "My fans, my team, my home".

But British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested for holding a one-man protest against the country's record on gay rights, hours before kick-off.

Mourinho, who was impressed with Golovin's display, however, said he was disappointed with the way Saudi approached the game against the hosts.

"I could never have dreamed of anything like this".

"I'm happy we've won but we shouldn't stop there", he added. "You don't apologize for victory in sport".

The 21st edition of the World Cup starts today, with thousands of fans witnessing the tournament's opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhiniki Stadium.

Only South Africa, in 2010, has failed to advance from the group stage as the host nation and a seven-match winless run had ramped up the pressure on Stanislav Cherchesov's side.

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