The FIFA World Cup kicked off with Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the Luzhniki Stadium.
But before the month of football began, fans from across the world witnessed Russia’s opening ceremony.
The event saw Robbie Williams perform for crowds accompanied by around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists.
He was also joined by Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
The ceremony was a celebration of all things Russian.
Photo gallery: Russia 2018 opening ceremony in pictures