Flag-waving Fans Party As Russia Wins World Cup Opener In Moscow
Fakhir Rizvi 6 days ago Fri 15th June 2018 | 12:11 AM
Moscow, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 14th Jun, 2018 ) :The mood was buoyant and politics was left on the touchline as thousands of Russian and foreign fans crammed into a Moscow fan zone to watch Thursday's World Cup opener, erupting in cheers as Russia crushed Saudi Arabia 5-0.
A crowd of some 10,000 people, including many families with young children, gathered in a fanzone on a hill above the stadium with giant screens set up to watch the game.
Russian fans were less numerous than international ones, but were ecstatic as their team pulled off a triumphant start to the championship.
"We're really very glad. We didn't expect this to be honest," said 34-year-old Veronika Kripolapova.
"Victory is a great feeling," said Pavel, a 42-year-old factory worker.
"Our team is not that bad, it's just things in Russia are unpredictable," he said.
As Russia scored the final goal, hundreds of Russian and Peruvian fans danced together and chanted "Go Russia!" "We were a bit worried that Russians would be cold because we South American people are very warm. But everyone has been so friendly," said Gabriela Chang, a 29-year-old Peruvian fan.
Many supporters were visiting Russia for the first time.
"I have grown up loving football, my brothers and father love it too," she said.