Coverage of the opening ceremony, followed by Russia v Saudi Arabia (Kick-off 4.00pm). Darragh Maloney is joined by Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady as the prestigious tournament gets under way with this Group A encounter at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. This is only Russia's third appearance in a World Cup this century after failing to qualify for the tournaments in 2006 and 2010. Their last effort in 2014 saw them fail to get out of the group stage, drawing two games and losing one, but as hosts they'll be expecting to go much further this time around. This afternoon will see them face Saudi Arabia for the first time since October 1993, when they lost 4-2 in Riyadh in a friendly match. Juan Antonio Pizzi's side are playing in only their fifth World Cup and will be looking to at least match their previous best finish, which saw them reach the last 16 at the 1994 tournament in the USA. With commentary by George Hamilton and Ronnie Whelan.