Thousands of revellers packed inside the sold-out stadium to witness the dazzling opening ceremony - seen by an estimated one billion people worldwide.
Russian president - Vladimir Putin as well the Saudi crown prince also attended the World Cup opener.
The coveted World Cup was presented in front of the fans at the Luzhniki Stadium by former Spain and Real Madrid captain - Iker Casillas, who won the World Cup in 2010, and Russian supermodel - Natalia Vodianova ahead of the opening ceremony.
Singer Robbie Williams sparked global-wide outrage after appearing to give the finger to the camera during his performance at the opening ceremony.
Energy packed performances added to the euphoria of the stadium, which rose to the brink as home team Russia won the maiden game against Saudi Arabia.
Reporters noted a marked difference between the supporters of the home team and visiting team with Russian women wearing crop tops and smiling boldly into the camera. In a stark contrast, female Saudi Arabian fans wore headscarves and face coverings in line with the Islamic theocracy's strict modesty code for women. Women were permitted to watch football at a stadium in the kingdom for the first time in January.
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