WATCH: 2018 World Cup – Day 1

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It is finally here. The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday with hosts Russia facing Saudi Arabia in the Moscow.

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Now, on paper it may not be the most glamorous game (these are the two lowest-ranked teams in the tournament after all…) but it will certainly be a spectacle as eight years of preparations have been leading up to this point.

Below is the schedule for the opening day with plenty of razzmatazz expected ahead of the opening game of the tournament.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Thursday, June 14

Group A
Russia v Saudi Arabia: Moscow (Luzhniki), 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE