MOSCOW (AP) — The Newest at the opening day of the Global Cup (all instances native):

five:50 p.m.

In simply 48 hours, Mexico midfielder Erick Gutierrez won two of the largest items of stories in his lifestyles.

On Monday, he welcomed his first kid, and on Wednesday he was once selected on the closing minute to play in his first Global Cup.

The 22-year-old Gutierrez was once an emergency substitute for Diego Reyes, who was once dominated out after failing to get better in time from a thigh harm.

Whilst Gutierrez wasn’t a part of the unique squad, he traveled with the group.

Gutierrez says “I wish to revel in my time right here and I do know I must be affected person. It is unhappy what took place to Diego, and I do know as it took place to me ahead of a event. Now I simply have to offer them my highest.”


five:40 p.m.

As Russia and Saudi Arabia ready to fulfill within the opening tournament of the Global Cup, President Vladimir Putin has advised Saudi Arabia’s crown prince that he has to cheer for the house group.

“You already know that we’ve got very hot emotions for you, however I feel you’re going to needless to say I will not want good fortune in your group,” Putin advised Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud at a Thursday assembly.

The Saudi took the remark in stride, announcing “Regardless of the result of as of late’s tournament, we will be able to nonetheless be glad as a result of we reach good fortune in numerous spheres because of our joint paintings.”


five:25 p.m.

Saudi Arabia will get started with veterans Osama Hawsawi and Taiseer Al-Jassim for the Global Cup opening recreation towards Saudi Arabia.

Osama Hawsawi, the captain, will get started along Omar Hawsawi in protection, with midfielder Al-Jassim taking part in with Abdullah Otayf and Salman Al Faraj within the middle of midfield.

The Saudis ran out to heat as much as cheers from their touring enthusiasts, which integrated a lot of feminine supporters.

Saudi Arabia: Abdullah Al Muaiouf, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Mohammed Alburayk, Salman Al Faraj, Yahia Al-Shehri, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi, Yasir Al-Shahrani, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassim, Salem Al Dawsari.


five:20 p.m.

A British LGBT activist has been detained close to the Purple Sq. in Moscow for protesting towards Russia’s abuse of gay other folks.

Peter Tatchell stood out of doors the Kremlin on Thursday maintaining a banner vital of Russian President Vladimir Putin, announcing “Putin fails to behave towards Chechnya torture of homosexual other folks.”

A number of mins later, Tatchell was once approached by way of a number of policemen who advised him his protest was once now not approved. He was once led away and brought to a police automobile.

Dozens of homosexual males have spoken about being tortured in secret jail amenities overseen by way of the allies of Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov denied the accusations and has claimed there are not any gays in Chechnya.


five:09 p.m.

Each groups have pop out to heat up at Moscow’s exhibit Luzhniki Stadium as kickoff nears within the first tournament of the 2018 Global Cup.

Gamers and coaches from Saudi Arabia and the host Russian facet have long gone out to chill out and wave to enthusiasts within the 81,00Zero-seat stadium.

The stadium is regularly filling up with an eclectic crowd together with now not simplest Russians and Saudis however many enthusiasts from more than a few South American international locations. Enthusiasts cheered as the edges have been introduced and got here out of the tunnel.


four:55 p.m.

The 38-year-old defender Sergei Ignashevich will get started for Russia within the opening recreation of the Global Cup towards Saudi Arabia.

Ignashevich, who got here out of world retirement for the Global Cup, might be a part of a four-man backline after accidents pressured trainer Stanislav Cherchesov to change lately from his most popular machine of 3 middle backs.

The Brazil-born Mario Fernandes begins at right-back, whilst Fyodor Smolov is about to be the lone striker.

Russia lineup:

Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Gazinsky, Alan Dzagoev, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov.


four:43 p.m.

Egypt goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary says he could be “the happiest particular person on this planet” if he performs in his group’s opening Global Cup recreation towards Uruguay on Friday.

The 45-year-old hopes to develop into the oldest participant to compete at a Global Cup. Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon was once 43 when he set the file on the closing Global Cup in Brazil.

Egypt trainer Hector Cuper refused to substantiate at his group’s pre-match information convention in Yekaterinburg on Thursday if he’s going to make use of El-Hadary, announcing he has 23 avid gamers to be had for the sport. However the veteran was once sitting subsequent to him because the group’s captain.

Russia could also be his closing prevent in an illustrious profession spanning 3 many years and that took him to golf equipment in Switzerland, Sudan and Saudi Arabia, the place he performs for Al-Taawoun.


four p.m.

The Spanish group has arrived in Sochi for its Global Cup opener looking to depart in the back of the ordeal of its stunning training exchange.

New trainer Fernando Hierro led the avid gamers out of the bus after their arrival at a resort within the coastal town at the eve in their Staff B tournament towards Eu champion Portugal.

Hierro changed Julen Lopetegui, who was once fired Wednesday after accepting a role with Actual Madrid with out telling the Spanish football federation prematurely.

Hierro and captain Sergio Ramos are because of face a information convention at Fisht Stadium later Thursday.


three:32 p.m.

Egypt trainer Hector Cuper says he’s “very constructive” that Mohamed Salah will play in his group’s Global Cup opener towards Uruguay.

Cuper introduced the advance all over a information convention prematurely of Friday’s matchup.

Cuper mentioned officers would proceed to watch Salah all over their coaching consultation Thursday. However he mentioned he was once anticipating his big name striker to be at the box.

Salah have been questionable since struggling a left shoulder harm all over a collision with Actual Madrid’s Sergio Ramos all over the Champions League ultimate closing month in Kiev, Ukraine.

Salah nearly single-handedly led Egypt to its spot within the 32-team Global Cup box. He scored 5 targets in six video games within the first spherical of the qualifiers, together with a overdue penalty that earned the seven-time African champions their first Global Cup berth since 1990.

Salah will rejoice his 26th birthday Friday.

— AP Sports activities Creator Kyle Hightower reported from Yekaterinburg, Russia.


three p.m.

Russia’s rival neighbor Georgia is denouncing the Kremlin’s resolution to exhibit the leaders of 2 breakaway areas on the opening of the Global Cup.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is about to host the leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia at Thursday’s opening tournament in Moscow.

The Georgian president’s overseas family members secretary, Tengiz Pkhaladze, advised The Related Press that “Russia is attempting to make use of a sports activities discussion board to legitimize its illegal movements.” He recommended the world group to not permit Russia to whitewash its movements.

Russia won regulate of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from Georgia after a brief battle in 2008. Russia acknowledges each areas as impartial international locations however helps them financially and militarily, regardless of world condemnation.

Others anticipated at Thursday’s tournament come with a senior North Korean respectable, the Saudi crown prince and a few Latin American presidents.


2:11 p.m.

The French soccer federation says it has arrange homes for its supporters who traveled to Russia to again Les Bleus.

Dubbed the “Casas Bleues,” for blue homes, they’ll be arrange within the towns the place France performs its team video games, in Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Moscow.

The French federation says performances will likely be arranged forward and after the fits for the enthusiasts, who can also be supplied with transportation to the stadiums.


1:17 p.m.

Russian ladies and visiting Global Cup enthusiasts: be fruitful and multiply.

After a Russian lawmaker brought about a backlash on social media by way of advising Russian ladies towards getting concerned with overseas football enthusiasts, her colleague is urging love and procreation all over the championship.

The state information company Tass is quoting parliament member Mikhail Degtyaryov as announcing on Thursday that “the extra love tales we’ve got hooked up to the sector championship, the extra other folks from other international locations fall in love, the extra youngsters are born, the simpler.”

Degtyaryov is the pinnacle of a parliamentary committee overseeing sports activities. He mentioned Russia is welcoming “enthusiasts from all international locations, pores and skin colours, all religions, all genders and all (sexual) orientations.”

Degtyaryov spoke after his colleague Tamara Pletnyova urged that Russian ladies would possibly finally end up rearing the enthusiasts’ youngsters on my own.


12:56 p.m.

Some employees in Moscow will mark the beginning of the Global Cup with a time off in a push to ease the Russian capital’s infamous visitors jams.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin appealed closing week to firms to offer their personnel break day “so they do not finally end up in jams and there don’t seem to be delivery issues.” The ones going to paintings are recommended to make use of public delivery.

Whilst it is been a ways from universally permitted, some bosses have agreed to let their personnel do business from home or take the time off altogether.

Fashionable highway closures are anticipated forward of the Russia-Saudi Arabia kickoff at 6 p.m., the peak of what would usually be rush hour.

Russian government are reluctant to have the Global Cup get started towards a backdrop of clogged roads, and they are additionally willing to transparent the best way for the more than a few visiting dignitaries, most commonly from ex-Soviet and Latin American international locations.

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