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World Cup Live Stream: Watch Russia vs Saudi Arabia and the opening ceremony

The World Cup 2018 is finally here, and the month-long festival of football kicks off this afternoon after a performance from (and we had to double-check this) none other than footie-mad ‘90s pop icon Robbie Williams. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the World Cup opening ceremony live stream for free right now – plus free Russia vs Saudi Arabia live stream details.

Let’s face it. On paper, the opening game (Russia vs Saudi Arabia) looks like a stinker, pitting the tournament’s two lowest-ranking sides against each other, so it was up to Stoke’s favourite son, Robbie Williams, to get pulses racing.

Related: How to watch the World Cup 2018 in 4K

Original Ronaldo was there, too, to complete the 90s throwback vibes, and supporting Robbie at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium was Russian soprano Aida Garifullina – along with hundreds of dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists.

The opening ceremony started at 3.30pm BST, just half-an-hour before the first match got underway at 4pm BST. We don’t want to spoil things for you if you didn’t catch it live, but we’ve got one word: medley.

You can watch all the action live on ITV 1, or through the ITV Hub service if you’re out and about on your mobile. ITV’s coverage kicked off at 2.30pm BST, but if you were busy at the time, you can always catch up through ITV Hub.

If you don’t already have the ITV Hub app, here are a few handy links:

Related: What is VAR?

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