Supporters of the Egyptian national soccer team take a selfie with a street performer dressed as Father Frost, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in central Moscow, Russia June 14, 2018.
MOSCOW - Russia declared the soccer World Cup open on Thursday at a glitzy ceremony in Moscow headlined by British pop star Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
The 15-minute show produced by Russia&39;s state Channel One broke from World Cup tradition, focusing on musical acts including a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky in front of full stands at the capital&39;s main Luzhniki stadium.
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Iker Casillas and Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova brought the World Cup trophy onto the pitch in a Louis Vuitton travel case.
Robbie Williams performed hits "Let Me Entertain You" and "Rock DJ" accompanied by dancers and freestylers.
He was joined in a duet by Garifullina, a soloist from the Vienna State Opera, who entered the pitch on a firebird, singing Williams&39; hit song "Angels".
The opening ceremony was followed by a match between the host team and Saudi Arabia.