Russia-Saudi Arabia (14 June 2018, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow)
The World Cup Opening Match is an event that football fans the world over eagerly tune-in to, marking the beginning of another exciting global final. At Moscowâ€™s Luzhniki Stadium, hosts Russia will take on Saudi Arabia in the eagerly-awaited curtain-raiser on 14 June 2018. The Saudis will be the first Asian team to take part in an Opening Match at the global finals.
What you need to know
- Russia 2018 will mark Egyptâ€™s first World Cup since Italy 1990. Star man Mohamed Salah bagged the goal which sealed qualification to the global finals in dramatic fashion, as he converted a 94th-minute penalty against Congo to get the party started in Alexandria.
- Saudi Arabiaâ€™s Mohammad Al-Sahlawi netted 16 goals on the road to Russia. The 30-year-old frontman finished 2018 World Cup qualifying as joint-top scorer, along with Polandâ€™s Robert Lewandowski and UAEâ€™s Ahmed Khalil.
- Uruguay are two-time champions of the World Cup.Â La CelesteÂ were inaugural winners of the tournament in 1930, before winning it a second time, at Brazil 1950.
The age that Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary will be when the Pharaohs take to the pitch at Russia 2018. Should he feature, El-Hadary would surpass Faryd Mondragonâ€™s record as the World Cupâ€™s oldest player.
The Colombian goalkeeper set the current record when he appeared at Brazil 2014 at 43 years and three days.