MNA Sports Desk: The wait of soccer fans across the world is finally over as the largest show of football, World Cup 2018 will begin on Thursday in Moscow of Russia.
The tournament opener featuring Russia and Saudi Arabia at the imposing 80,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium has so far failed to capture the imagination of Muscovites, although they have warmly welcomed foreign fans.
The match will kicks off 9.00pm Bangladesh time.
While curious locals have clamoured to see the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar, it has proved a slow build-up to the June 14-July 15 showpiece, which is being held in Russia for the first time, reported news agency.
Groups of South American supporters with drums and whistles took to the streets around Red Square this week, posing for pictures with shoppers.
In response, a small knot of local fans gathered, waving flags and good-naturedly chanting “Russia, Russia”.
But it has been outside the capital where enthusiasm for the beautiful game has really taken hold.