Crown Prince meets Putin in Moscow

Crown Prince meets Putin in Moscow

"I trust my efforts, I trust my players and I fully trust that we'll have a better performance in the next game".

"FIFA takes infringements of its intellectual property very seriously and is exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organisations that are seen to support such illegal activities".

Russia's new young hero Aleksandr Golovin showed he is already fed up with talk of a move to Juventus by walking out on a TV interviewer who quizzed him after the host nation's 5-0 opening World Cup win.

But he said the 4:00 pm (1300 GMT) kick-off in Moscow meant "the game's too early, I won't go to the pub before the game".

The crown prince is also set to attend Saudi Arabia's match against Russian Federation, which will also take place on Thursday.


Russian Federation is spending more than $13 billion (11 billion euros) on hosting football's showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.

The Russia team before the match.

Adding to anxieties, the bloody violence in the French city of Marseille during Euro 2016 put the spotlight on Russian hooliganism, though Russian authorities have given their assurances that fans will be safe from violence during the month-long tournament.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said in a statement that it was "exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations that are seen to support such illegal activities". Security forces shrugged it off. He revved up the crowd but diplomatically avoided singing his hit song "Party Like A Russian" - which is rife with stereotypes about Russian extravagance and includes a dig at an unnamed Russian leader who "alleviates" the population of its wealth.

Both sides looked confident at the beginning of the opening game of the global football championship, however hosts Russian Federation, backed by the thunderous roar of supporters at the home stadium, opened the score into the 15th minute of the match. The interest of the Chinese in this game has been annually growing: at the 2002 championship in Japan and South Korea - the only time when the Chinese team qualified for the final - there were not more than 50,000 fans from China at the stadium, the agency reported. They struggled to gain momentum and advantage in the midfield due to Russia's press and high midfield line.

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