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Robbie Williams enthralls fans as FIFA WC kicks off with bang

ANI  |  Moscow [Russia] 

Fans from all over the world witnessed a glitzy and glamorous affair at the opening event of the much awaited 2018.

The grand opening ceremony of kicked off today in at

The ceremony began just 30 minutes before the opening game between and

British pop star enthralled the crowd with his famous song 'Let me entertain you' and 'Angels'. Along with Williams, celebrated Russian soprano later joined him on stage.

Placido Domingo, popularly known as "the of Opera" also performed at the grand event.

Hollywood and American also performed their official song 'Live It Up' along with 500 dancers and gymnasts at the event.

legend and Russian supermodel and philanthropist brought the trophy out onto the pitch.

Former striker and two-time World Cup winner also took part in the ceremony.

The quadrennial month-long event will see 32 nations, divided into eight groups, competing in 64 games over 32 days and fighting it out for the coveted trophy.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be played out in 12 stadiums, located in 11 cities and spread over 1,800 miles across

The showpiece event will begin with hosts Russia crossing swords with in the Group A in the opening match.

Russia, who are tournament's lowest-placed team at the 70th spot in the FIFA's World Rankings, are heading into the showpiece event in full strength, but they are yet to win a friendly in 2018.

Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, are placed at the 67th position and are entering the tournament on the back of their World Cup preparations in an international friendly with went on to lose that match 0-1.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:35 IST