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World Cup Gamethread: Russia vs. Saudi Arabia

The hosts begin the tournament against Saudi Arabia.

World Cup 2018 kicks off in Moscow today with only one match, but we at Bavarian Football Works are here for you. On every matchday throughout this tournament, we will have these threads, so that everyone can come together and discuss this global event with us and each other.

Today‘s match sees hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia in the first match of Group A. This is an absolute huge match for the Russians. Failure to secure all three points against Saudi Arabia could very well see them staring elimination directly in the face in their second match against Egypt. With Uruguay the heavy favorites to advance out of this group, Russia and Egypt are likely battling for second place and a spot in the knockout rounds.

Russia has been a lightning rod ever since being awarded the hosting rights to this World Cup. From accusations of financial bribes to voters to using North Korean slave labor to build stadiums, controversy has surrounded this World Cup. However, the tournament literally starts today. It’s time to play.

It’s World Cup time. Celebrate!

Location: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia

Time: 6:00 pm local time, 11:00 am EST

TV/Streaming: USA (Fox, Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Futbol de Primera Radio), Germany (Sky Sport UHD Germany, SRF zwei, ORF TV Live, WDR Event, Sky Go Deutschland, ARD Das Erste, Sportschau Live, ORF eins), Canada (TSN GO, CTV, RDS, TSN Radio 1040 - 1410, TSN5, TSN4, RDS GO, CTV GO), India (SONY TEN 3 HD, SONY TEN 3, Sony LIV, Sony ESPN HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, Sony ESPN)

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