World Cup odds and matchups for opening week of action

While the rest of the tournament will be filled with iconic and memorable moments on the pitch, it's likely that the lasting image from the opening game of the tournament will be the shrug and consequent handshake Russian president Vladimir Putin gave Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman after the first goal of the game.

First he jinked around three hapless defenders to fire Russia's second into the roof of the net, before producing an early contender for goal of the tournament, curling a sublime left-footed strike into the top corner in the first minute of injury time. Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency would end before the 2026 World Cup.

After an opening ceremony which included British pop icon Robbie Williams, it took just 12 minutes for the tournament's first goal, with Gazinsky opening his worldwide account with a well-taken header across goal.

It was a goal that prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn to the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, seated alongside Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino, and shake his hand.

Gazinskiy headed in Golovin's cross to score the first goal of the 2018 event, with Dzagoev's replacement Cheryshev lashing in the second before the interval. Golovin added the fifth from a free kick. An opening ceremony before the match will feature Will Smith singing Live It Up, the official anthem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Taliban announce first cease fire in 17-year Afghan war
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Sebastian Vettel bags Ferrari's first Canada pole since 2001
"The auto was incredible in qualifying and it just kept getting quicker", said Vettel, whose Ferrari team were using new engines. First and foremost, the headline lap times of both Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas were misleading.

Porsche’s first electric vehicle to be called Taycan
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The Saudis, who last won a match at the World Cup in 1994, failed to get a single shot on target.

In a World Cup first, the video assistant referee system was available for the match between the tournament's lowest-ranked teams, though it wasn't used.

What's next? The other two sides in Group A - Egypt and Uruguay - open their campaigns when they meet at midnight tonight (NZT).

Russian Federation meet Egypt in their next match on Jun 19 in Saint Petersburg, while Saudi Arabia will look to rebound against group favourites Rostov-on-Don a day later.

Saudi Arabia will take the field on Thursday as lengthy +800 underdogs.

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