The end of the first stint in Moscow

Amol Gokhale
Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The first leg of 2018 FIFA World Cup came to an end in Spartak Stadium, Moscow, at the full-time whistle between Poland vs Senegal match, and so did my first stint in Moscow.

By the time you read this postcard, I would’ve enjoyed watching Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal against Morocco and would be on my way to Nizhny Novgorod, where I will once again cover Argentina and Lionel Messi. 

Covering games of these two legends on consecutive days is going to be so much fun.

The first leg of 2018 FIFA World Cup came to an end in Spartak Stadium, Moscow, at the full-time whistle between Poland vs Senegal match, and so did my first stint in Moscow.

By the time you read this postcard, I would’ve enjoyed watching Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal against Morocco and would be on my way to Nizhny Novgorod, where I will once again cover Argentina and Lionel Messi. 

Covering games of these two legends on consecutive days is going to be so much fun.

There are so many reasons I am looking forward to this game apart from Barcelona man. Croatia are an equally exciting side with the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic in their ranks. It should be one hell of a game, as the result of the game would decide the fate of Group D.

The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is situated on the conflux of Volga and Oka rivers and I’m pretty excited to be at the stadium after seeing stunning images of the venue on the internet so far.

Another more personal reason to look forward to this particular game is that post game, me and my friend Jelena would be celebrating her birthday. I am sure, that she might have some surprise up her sleeves, just like she did after the opening game, where she took me to a party hosted by former Miss Russia and the official ambassador of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia —  Victoria Lopyreva.

The next part of the journey is a small trip to Nizhny Novgorod, where I will cover two games, Argentina and the founders of the game — England. What do I hope for? Two cracking games and a little more free time to explore the ancient Russian city.

(The writer shares his travel and tour experiences, and also catches the fun and revelry during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.)

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