Russian president Vladimir Putin delivers his speech prior to the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opened the 2018 World Cup. Photo: AP

Vladimir Putin officially opens 2018 World Cup in Russia ahead of host nation’s first game

Minutes before Saudi Arabia kick off the tournament against host nation Russia, Putin says: ‘I congratulate all of you at the start of the most important championship in the world’

Topic |   Fifa World Cup 2018

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Russian president Vladimir Putin delivers his speech prior to the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opened the 2018 World Cup. Photo: AP
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