It’s from Russia with love for the fans

Russia kicked off their World Cup in style yesterday, scoring early against Saudi Arabia in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declared the tournament open. After a performance from British pop star Robbie Williams, Putin told the 80000 crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium: “I congratulate all of you at the start of the most important championship in the world.

This article is reserved for registered DispatchLIVE readers.

Simply register AT NO COST to proceed. If you've already registered, simply sign in.

Already registered on HeraldLIVE, BusinessLIVE, TimesLIVE or SowetanLIVE? Sign in with the same details.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00 .