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The two faces of the World Cup: Glamorous Russians share stands with Saudi fans in veils

Football fans contrasted enormously as they cheered their teams in Moscow during Russia’s demolition of Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the World Cup.

In the Russian section of the stadium, many women were pictured wearing crop tops as they smiled into the camera and cheered for their country.

The female Saudi Arabian fans, however, were photographed wearing headscarves and face coverings – with only their eyes visible – in line with the Islamic theocracy’s strict modesty code for women.

Women were permitted to watch football at a stadium in the kingdom for the first time in January.

Russian fans and politicians joined in an outpouring of jubilation as the host nation unexpectedly routed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener.

The female Saudi Arabian fans, however, were photographed wearing headscarves and face coverings - with only their eyes visible - in line with the strict Islamic theocracy's modesty code for women
Russian fans and politicians joined in an outpouring of jubilation as the host nation unexpectedly routed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opener. Pictured: A woman celebrating in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow 

State television showed throngs of Russians outside Moscow's main stadium cheering with flags but also stunned by the victory as the hosts are the lowest FIFA ranked team in the tournament. Pictured: Saudi fans outside the stadium 

Saudi women sit in the stands at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as they watch their side being annihilated by the dominant Russians 

A Russian fan kisses a replica of the FIFA 2018 World Cup trophy before the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium

Saudi women seen ahead of the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 FIFA World Cup earlier today

The spectacular show took place on the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow moments before kick-off between Russia and Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Prince looked less than happy as his side received a drubbing at the hands of the Russians. Both FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Vladimir Putin shrugged their shoulders after the first goal

The Saudi Prince looked less than happy as his side received a drubbing at the hands of the Russians. Both FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Vladimir Putin shrugged their shoulders after the first goal

Thousands of revellers packed inside the sold-out stadium to witness the dazzling opening ceremony – seen by an estimated one billion people worldwide.

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