An opening ceremony before the match will feature Will Smith singing Live It Up, the official anthem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
And the hosts struck after 12 minutes when they forced another corner which was half-cleared and, when Roman Zobnin crossed, Gazinsky headed home the tournament's opening goal.
But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on "United 2026" to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast ballots. Football today is the only victor.
Morocco have bid five times now and they have been overlooked each time. However despite being the first Asian side to book their place at the tournament, nobody seems to be giving Carlos Queiroz's side a chance of progressing through the tournament. 1986 and 1994, whereas Canada hosted the Women's World Cup in 2015.
But which cities and stadiums will host games at the tournament is still being determined.
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There was a dazzling on-pitch light show to accompany Williams and opera star Garifullina, with performers dressed in the colors of each of the 32 World Cup teams bopping to the music.
To do so would have invited ridicule when it needed to build or renovate the 14 stadiums it wants to use - a task FIFA's technical report said "cannot be overstated".
But after Iury Gazinsky scored the first goal of this World Cup to give Russian Federation the lead in the 12th minute, a home win was never in doubt, and the feelgood factor this result will now generate is crucial for the tournament as a whole.
This new format will have 16 more teams, and 16 more games to enjoy taking the total from 64 to 80 games.
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There are few cliches that hold more truth than a World Cup needing a successful host, and Russian Federation can now throw itself into this tournament in the hope and belief that Cherchesov's team can progress to the knockout stages.