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In pictures: 2018 World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams was joined on stage by Aida Garifullina at the opening ceremony.

The Luzhniki Stadium played host to the opening ceremony (Victor Caivano/AP)
The Luzhniki Stadium played host to the opening ceremony (Victor Caivano/AP)

By Press Association Sport staff

Robbie Williams helped kick off the 2018 World Cup as Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium played host to the opening ceremony.

The former Take That singer played four songs and was joined on stage by Russian operatic performer Aida Garifullina during the ceremony, which took place immediately before Russia’s opener against Saudi Arabia.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the best pictures from the opening ceremony.

Spanish World Cup winner Iker Casillas presented the trophy

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World Cup finals are now in full swing in Russia (Darko Bandic/AP)

The participating nations were represented

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(Darko Bandic/AP)

A dancer balancing on a giant football while juggling regular-sized balls took centre-stage

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(Matthias Schrader/AP)

Robbie Williams performed

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(Adam Davy/PA)
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(Matthias Schrader/AP)
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(Pavel Golovkin/AP)
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(Darko Bandic/AP)

Aida Garifullina was carried towards the stage on a giant bird

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(Victor Caivano/AP)

Before performing a duet with the Englishman

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(Matthias Schrader/AP)

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo was there

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(Antonio Calanni/AP)

As were FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Russia president Vladimir Putin

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(Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Putin spoke to the crowd

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(Adam Davy/PA)

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