Photos of the 2018 World Cup – Russia World Cup in pictures

Photos of the 2018 World Cup – Russia World Cup in pictures

Domagoj Vida of Croatia and Kelechi Iheanacho of Nigeria pursue the ball.Martin Divisek/EPA

William Ekong of Nigeria pulls down Mario Mandzukic of Croatia in the box to concede a penalty.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Luka Modric of Croatia celebrates with Ante Rebic after scoring from a penalty.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen reacts after he scores a goal. Denmark beat Peru 1-0.Mikhail Japaridze/TASS/Getty Images

Martin Braithwaite of Denmark, right, and Luis Advincula of Peru fight for the ball.Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Peru fans look dejected following their side’s defeat.Maja Hitij/FIFA/Getty Images

Denmark’s Andreas Christensen goes down during the match between Peru and Denmark.Clive Mason/Getty Images

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel makes a save during the match.Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

Argentina’s Lionel Messi, left, and Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson struggle for the ball.Anton Denisov/Sputnik/

Argentina’s Messi appears downcast at the end of the match, where Iceland held his team to a 1-1 draw.Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Iceland’s fans cheer during the match. Vitaliy Belousov/Sputnik/AP

Fans watching from Yekaterinburg, Russia, celebrate Russia’s first goal.Vadim Ghirda/AP

The ball flies past Saudi Arabian goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf for Russia’s fourth goal.Pavel Golovkin/AP

Yuri Gazinsky heads the ball to score the opening goal in the 12th minute.Matthias Schrader/AP

A fan wears body paint in Russia’s colors before the opening match.Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Fans of France share a kiss before the match with Australia.Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Denis Cheryshev slips past Saudi defenders to score Russia’s second goal just before halftime. Cheryshev was a first-half substitute who came on when Alan Dzagoev injured his hamstring.Darko Bandic/AP

Fans enjoy the atmosphere before the Iran-Morocco match.Andrew Medichini/AP

Fedor Smolov fights off two Saudi defenders. Russia and Saudi Arabia came into the match as the lowest-ranked teams in the tournament.Ryan Pierse/Getty Images



Argentina’s Lucas Biglia, front, heads the ball with Iceland’s Kari Arnason.Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Paul Pogba, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring France's second goal against Australia. France won the match 2-1.Michael Regan/FIFA/Getty Images

Paul Pogba, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring France’s second goal against Australia. France won the match 2-1.Michael Regan/FIFA/Getty Images

Australia’s Mathew Leckie, front, and France’s Raphael Varane challenge for the ball.David Vincent/AP

France’s Pogba keeps his eye on the ball.Andreas Gebert/DPA/Picture-Alliance/AP

Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan punches the ball clear from France’s Samuel Umtiti.Pavel Golovkin/AP

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his first-half penalty against Spain on Friday, June 15. He added two more goals in the 3-3 draw.Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

Spanish defender Nacho, left, competes for a header with Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes. Nacho conceded the early penalty to Ronaldo but responded with a second-half goal.Simon Hofmann/FIFA/Getty Images

Ronaldo coolly slots home his penalty.Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Fernando Hierro was making his debut as Spain’s manager. The former captain took over two days ago when Spain fired Julen Lopetegui.Stuart Franklin/FIFA/Getty Images

Portuguese defender Raphael Guerreiro controls the ball in the match against Spain.Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Image

Nacho challenges Andre Silva. The Iberian derby was a matchup of the last two European champions.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Spanish striker Diego Costa kneels on the goal line after scoring his second goal of the night. This one tied the match at 2-2.Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz lies on the ground after heading the ball into his own net late in stoppage time on Friday. The whistle was blown just a few moments later, and Iran won 1-0.Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia, foreground, competes for a header.Georgi Licovski/EPA

Iran’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh grimaces in pain in front of Morocco’s Romain Saiss.Themba Hadebe/AP

Iran’s Karim Ansarifard is defended by Morocco’s Noureddine Amrabat.Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Jahanbakhsh shares a light-hearted moment with Morocco’s Ayoub El Kaabi, foreground, after they collided during the match.Themba Hadebe/AP

Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez, third from right, heads in the only goal in Friday’s victory over Egypt. The winner came off a free kick in the 89th minute.Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, left, and Egypt’s Sam Morsy battle for the ball.Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Fans watch the Egypt-Uruguay match from temporary seats set up at the Ekaterinburg Arena. The seats had to be installed to meet FIFA’s minimum-seating requirement.Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Egyptian midfielder Abdallah Said heads the ball during Friday’s match.Donat Sorokin/TASS via Getty Images


Egyptian star Mohamed Salah never entered the match against Uruguay. The African Player of the Year is coming off a shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.Mark Baker/AP

Artem Dzyuba celebrates his goal that put Russia up 3-0 in the opening match against Saudi Arabia.Kyo