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Joy, despair and crunching tackles: the best World Cup 2018 photos

We round up the best photography from the opening four days of the World Cup 2018• Follow Guardian sport on Instagram for more great photography Continue reading…

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Pomp, absurdity and goals galore get Russia’s show off to a delirious start

Opening night in Moscow had grandeur and hugeness, plus a home team so urgent and creative it was tempting to wonder if a Russia+1 filter had been placed over the pitchTake that! On opening night in Moscow the World Cup turned a full-flush red, setting…

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World Cup 2018: Opening ceremony and Russia’s flying start – in pictures

The best images from Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as the 2018 World Cup got under way with Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina starring in a glamorous opening ceremony before the host nation got off to a dream start with a 5-0 defeat of …

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Russia romp to 5-0 win as Denis Cheryshev double routs Saudi Arabia

Russia followed up a low-key opening ceremony by winning the first match of the 2018 World Cup 5-0 against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Dimitry Cherchesov’s side have given themselves an excellent chance of qualifying from Group A, t…

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Russia v Saudi Arabia: World Cup opening match – live!

World Cup 2018 updates from the 4pm (BST) Group A kick-offWorld Cup day one: follow the opening ceremony live!And feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 2.54pm BST Jacqui Oatley, another occasional and guest presenter of Football Weekly, i…

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Fast friends: how World Cup squads have dealt with Ramadan

Fasting during daylight hours is obligatory during the Muslim festival, and the seven teams in Russia from largely Islamic nations have found various ways of tackling the issueAs World Cup 2018 begins in Russia, the Muslim festival of Ramadan is ending…

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Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov upbeat about mission to confound critics

Home coach goes into the opener against Saudi Arabia knowing his out-of-form side are under fire but is confident fans will embrace the World Cup once it startsStanislav Cherchesov smiled when asked by a Danish journalist whether he had a message for t…

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World Cup opener guest list set to be largely ex-Soviet affair

Kremlin’s list of ceremony invitees includes central Asian autocrats plus Saudi prince Mohammed bin SalmanVladimir Putin’s strained ties with leaders across the western world means the audience of presidents and prime ministers for the World Cup opener…

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Juan Antonio Pizzi goes on the attack with rebooted Saudi Arabia team

Coach has worked at the highest level and friendly results have given Saudis hope before World Cup opener against RussiaRed Square was closed off to the public on Tuesday as celebrations for Russia Day took place but a group of Saudi Arabian fans were …

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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries preview the tournament

Supporters from every country that qualified share their hopes and expectations for Russia 2018• Neutral’s choice: who are rest of the world supporting? Continue reading…

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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

Juan Antonio Pizzi has made his side play from the back more and will hope a potent front four can unlock defences in RussiaThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisatio…

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Salem al-Dawsari: the winger who represents a new breed of Saudi player

Fashion-conscious Dawsari heads to the World Cup after a loan at Villarreal as Saudi footballers begin to spread their wingsThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisatio…

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Romelu Lukaku gets Belgium up and running with win against Saudi Arabia

It is difficult to know what will worry Gareth Southgate most when he sits down to see how Belgium extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches with this thrashing of Saudi Arabia. All that can be said with any certainty is that England will need a smart …

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Eden Hazard to prioritise Belgium’s World Cup over Chelsea contract talks

• ‘I am very happy. I just think about the end of the season’• Forward says Belgium’s target is to reach World Cup finalEden Hazard has said he will not think about signing a contract extension with Chelsea until the World Cup has finished.Hazard, who …

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Arabian flight: why are nine Saudis playing in Spain before World Cup?

Saudi Arabia have sent players to Spanish clubs keen to expand their appeal in the Middle East but will anyone gain?Sporting Gijón’s welcome tweet to greet a new signing on 21 January got the name of the player – Abdullah al-Hamdan – mixed up with the …

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Saudi football stadium welcomes women for first time

Al-Ahli v Al-Batin match at Jeddah stadium makes history as first to allow women to sit in designated family standsSaudi women have attended a football match in Saudi Arabia for the first time, as part of reforms spearheaded by the kingdom’s crown prin…

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‘I can’t describe my feelings’ – Saudi women finally allowed into games | John Duerden

Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to attend a professional football match for the first time on Friday – a momentous event, especially for one Al-Hilal fanForget Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, the biggest move in the world of football this month w…

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Chess champion to miss Saudi Arabia tournament over women’s rights

Anna Muzychuk won’t defend her titles because she doesn’t want to be treated like a ‘secondary creature’Two-time world chess champion Anna Muzychuk has said she will not attend a tournament held in Saudi Arabia because of the way the kingdom treats wom…

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World Cup 2018 draw – live!

Russia 2018 groups decided at draw in Moscow, from 3pm GMTStadium guide | Create your own draw | How the draw worksAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 2.13pm GMT Update: Diego Maradona has located a razor. And a suit. And a comedy …

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Russia World Cup 2018 draw: team-by-team guide to all 32 countries

With the draw taking place in Moscow on Friday, here is everything you need to know about the teams, from star players to tactics and the ones to watch Continue reading…