Pomp, absurdity and goals galore get Russia’s show off to a delirious start


The Guardian
Pomp, absurdity and goals galore get Russia's show off to a delirious start
The Guardian
Denis Cheryshev: 'Russia's least Russian player, the perestroika kid who grew up in Spain, decorated this flag day in his nation's sporting history with two brilliant goals'. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images. Take that!

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World Cup kicks off amid leopard print, sequins and a starry Russian performanceTelegraph.co.uk
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