By El-Amisty Nobo|| Follow Amisty on twitter @ElAmistyNobo

The splendor of the greatest football festival ever [FIFA World Cup] kicked off on Thursday, June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as host Russia took on Saudi Arabia in the opening game of Group A.

English pop star – Robbie Williams thrilled the spectators and the millions of viewers across the globe with his silky soothing voice.

Below are the starting line-ups;

Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandez, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Gazinskii, Dzagoev, Smolov, Zobnin, Golovin, Zhirkov, Samedov.

Saudi Arabia: Abdullah, Omar, Osama, Yasser, Alburayk, Salman, Taiseer, Otayf, Salem, Yahia, Alsahlawi.

Below are some of the scenes prior to kick off: