Not many South Africans are fans of these two teams. There were questions asked about the form of Russia, but they've proven that they're ready to host and have a say in the football equation too.
Here's how South African players, media, clubs and fans enjoyed the opening day at the World Cup. There's also a video of a bear blowing a vuvuzela on the streets of Moscow.
Ok ladies&gents, we’ve followed the preparations of our favourite teams&players towards the 2018 Russia World Cup .Now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is ..!— Amanda toki Dlamini (@Amanda_Dlamini9) June 13, 2018
Which team do you think is going all the way..?
I’m all African teams and 🇧🇷..!
I’m team Brazil!
Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) June 14, 2018
Saudi Arabia needs to learn that defending isn't about sliding on the floor and looking at attackers walk pass them. They've been OK in midfield but amateurish defending costing them v Russia. The hosts haven't impressed but accepted their 2 World Cup gifts— Ignat Football (@IgnatFootball) June 14, 2018
Happy #WorldCup Day!— Ajax Cape Town (@ajaxcapetown) June 14, 2018
With the action to kick off at the 2018 showpiece in Russia later today, share with us your favourite 2010 FIFA World Cup memory...#ThrowbackThursday 🇷🇺🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/V2Whu83JXj
Just been sent this, appears to be a bear in a jeep, blowing a vuvuzela (?) and then giving a quenelle salute. And told it's happening somewhere in Moscow. pic.twitter.com/Tg0Hj0taSo— Peter Staunton (@petermstaunton) June 14, 2018
Heading to Russia to cover football's biggest showpiece. I'm not alone here, my #Nokia7plus is with me. Stay glued for my photos and video using the phone’s high definition Carl Swiss lens #NokiaMobileNG #Nokia7Experience pic.twitter.com/iOQ2o2Vl0o— Shina Oludare (@sportingshina) June 14, 2018