At the opening ceremony on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin spoke of showing the world a hospitable Russian Federation and stressed sport's ability to build bridges and overcome differences.
Russian Federation is spending $13 billion to put on the event, with matches taking place in 11 host cities.
Half an hour in the closing half both teams made replacements with Saudi Arabia switching Abdullah Otayf for Fahad Almuwallad and Russian Federation replaced Alexander Samedov with Daler Kuziaev.
In recent memory, we have been pretty lucky with opening games of World Cups.
Hosts Russia will kick off their World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia on June 14.
Group B is underway at 3am when Morocco, fresh from missing out on hosting rights to the 2026 tournament and appearing at a World Cup for the first time since 1998, meet Iran, who are looking to progress to the knockout rounds for the first time ever.
Putin and Infantino smiled and shrugged as they sat next to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
After an opening ceremony which included British pop icon Robbie Williams, it took just 12 minutes for the tournament's first goal, with Gazinsky opening his global account with a well-taken header across goal. He chipped the ball over two Saudi defenders in the 43rd minute and shot over goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf's right side to make it 2-0.
The Barcelona prodigy came close to winning the coveted trophy - and with it the $400 million cash prize - in 2014 before conceding a fatal goal in extra time by Germany's Mario Gotze.
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Russian Federation next play Egypt on Tuesday in St Petersburg while the Saudis face Uruguay the following day in Rostov-on-Don.
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Pizzi was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified a year ago for the finals.
While Neymar, the world´s most expensive player, has recovered from a broken bone in his foot in time, the strength of prolific Egypt striker Mohamed Salah´s injured shoulder is less certain.
Dzagoev was then replaced by Cheryshev as one of Russia's key players went down with what looked like a pretty serious hamstring injury.
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"We're feeling wonderful emotions", he said.
If I really had to find fault with Russia's overall smooth organisation thus far of a huge, logistically-challenging event, it would be with the confusing directions and incomplete addresses provided to journalists on the ground here.