Amid all the excitement, there is trepidation that FIFA World Cup in Russia could end up being remembered for hooliganism.
Russia have beaten Egypt 3-1, thanks to three goals in 15 minutes in the second half. The hosts are virtually guaranteed a spot in the last 16, while Egypt now need a veritable miracle to survive.
US sportswear firm Nike says it cannot supply boots and other equipment to Iran's national football team players due to sanctions on the Islamic country. Iran faces Morocco in its first match at the FIFA World Cup.
Hooligans, hackers and discrimination: These are the things that have been making the headlines ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Russian officials, though, say fans should feel welcome and safe. So what should they expect?
Football fans can travel to the World Cup in Russia without fear of hooliganism or terrorism, according to FIFA head of security Helmut Spahn. He insists the country is "very, very well" prepared.
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