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.
In his second blog from Moscow, Nigerian journalist Samson Omale describes his experiences in getting to grips with the sheer size of the host country and learning how to walk the Russian way.
Senegal's defeat means Africa will not have any representatives in the last 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Fans have been quick to voice their disappointment at their teams' performances.
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.
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