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The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Russia’s Artem Dzyuba, left, goes shoulder to shoulder with Egypt’s Ahmed Hegazy during Russia’s 3-1 victory on Tuesday, June 18.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Egyptian star Mohamed Salah kisses the ball before scoring Egypt’s lone goal from the penalty spot. The Egyptians were down 3-0 at the time. Salah missed the team’s first match because of injury.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Egypt’s Tarek Hamed, left, and Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin compete for the ball.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Egypt’s first goal came when the ball deflected off Ahmed Fathi.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Poland’s Jan Bednarek, left, clears the ball past Senegal’s Moussa Konate on Tuesday. Senegal won the match 2-1.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr is tackled by Maciej Rybus.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Japanese defender Gen Shoji climbs over Colombia’s Radamel Falcao to win a header in their World Cup opener on Tuesday. Japan won the match 2-1.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

The referee shows a red card to Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez in the third minute. Sanchez was deemed to have deliberately handled the ball in the box.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

English players celebrate Harry Kane’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday, June 18. Kane later added the winner in second-half stoppage time.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

England’s Kieran Trippier wins a header over Wahbi Khazri of Tunisia.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

A Tunisia fan shows his dejection after the final whistle.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Trippier is challenged by Syam Ben Youssef.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Belgium’s Dries Mertens, right, competes for the ball with Panama’s Jose Luis Rodriguez during their World Cup opener Monday. Mertens scored a goal in Belgium’s 3-0 victory.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Panamanian forward Gabriel Torres controls the ball during the match against Belgium.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Sweden’s Pontus Jansson, top left, and South Korea’s Ki Sung-yueng try to head the ball during Sweden’s 1-0 victory on Monday.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Viktor Claesson of Sweden is tackled by Lee Jae-sung of South Korea.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

South Korean fullback Lee Yong slides in on Claesson.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Switzerland’s Steven Zuber celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil on Sunday, June 17. The two teams tied 1-1.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Switzerland’s Valon Behrami tackles Gabriel Jesus.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Brazilian star Neymar recently came back from a foot injury.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho and Switzerland’s Breel Embolo compete for the ball.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

A dejected German team leaves the pitch after losing its World Cup opener to Mexico. Germany, the defending champions, lost 1-0 to a goal from Hirving Lozano.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Germany’s Jerome Boateng vies for the ball with Mexico’s Javier Hernandez.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Fans wave German flags before facing off with Mexico.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Lozano, left, celebrates his goal with Jesus Gallardo.

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Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a late save against Mario Gomez.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Marcos Ureña runs onto the pitch during Costa Rica’s opening match against Serbia. Serbia won 1-0.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, left, fights off Giancarlo Gonzalez.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, center right, is held back by Costa Rican players following an altercation with one of their coaches.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Croatian players celebrate after Luka Modric scored the second goal of their 2-0 win against Nigeria on Saturday, June 16.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Nigerian captain John Obi Mikel runs with the ball during the Croatia match.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen reacts after he scored a goal against Peru. It turned out to be the only goal in the match.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Peru’s Luis Advincula, left, and Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite fight for the ball.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel makes a save during the match.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Argentina star Lionel Messi appears downcast at the end of a 1-1 draw with Iceland. Messi missed a penalty in the match.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Iceland’s fans cheer during the Argentina match. It was the country’s first appearance in the World Cup.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Messi and Iceland’s Hordur Magnusson struggle for the ball.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Fans of France share a kiss before the team’s opening match with Australia.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

French midfielder Paul Pogba keeps his eye on the ball against Australia. He scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 victory.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan punches the ball clear from France’s Samuel Umtiti.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

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.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

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.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Ronaldo coolly slots home his penalty.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Portuguese defender Raphael Guerreiro controls the ball in the match against Spain.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

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.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Fans enjoy the atmosphere before the Iran-Morocco match.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Iran’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh grimaces in pain in front of Morocco’s Romain Saiss.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

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.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, left, and Egypt’s Sam Morsy battle for the ball.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

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.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Egyptian midfielder Abdallah Said heads the ball during Friday’s match.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

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.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

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

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

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

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Fans watching from Yekaterinburg, Russia, celebrate Russia’s first goal.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

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

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

A fan wears body paint in Russia’s colors before the opening match.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the crowd before kickoff at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Performers take part in the tournament’s opening ceremony.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

British pop star Robbie Williams headlined the opening ceremony.

The best photos of the 2018 World Cup

Russian soprano Aida Garifullina sings during the opening ceremony.

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