Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal reach Russia for FIFA World Cup 2018

Published: 10th June 2018 07:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2018 07:35 PM  

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Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal arrived Saturday in Russia to begin final preparations for a World Cup campaign that pits them against arch-rivals Spain. (Photo | AP)
The European champions play their Iberian neighbours in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city Sochi in the opening match for both nations Friday. (Photo | AP)
Ronaldo and his compatriots received a traditional Russian welcome during a bread and salt ceremony upon arrival at their team base camp in Kratovo, a leafy village 40km southeast of Moscow. (Photo | AP)
Portugal are ranked fourth by FIFA and won nine of their 10 European qualifying group matches. (Photo | AP)
The private jet of the Portugal football team at Zhukovsky international airport outside Moscow. (Photo | AP)
The winner will be in pole position to come out on top in a Group B that also includes Morocco and Iran. The top two teams from each group qualify for the last 16. (Photo | AP)
Portugal coach Fernando Santos looks out from the team bus at the airport. (Photo | AP)
Portugese midfielders Joao Mario (R) and William Carvalho step out of the plane as they land in Russia. (Photo | AP)
It will be the team's seventh World Cup appearance and the 33-year-old Ronaldo's fourth and likely last campaign. (Photo | AP)
Portugal's best performance at football's biggest stage came in 1966, when they finished third. (Photo | AP)
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