David Lee in Russia for World Cup: A victory to seal belief in a team, and a nation

Russian fans cheering while watching the World Cup match between Russia and Egypt on an outdoor screen, in Sochi, on June 19, 2018.
Russian fans cheering while watching the World Cup match between Russia and Egypt on an outdoor screen, in Sochi, on June 19, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
Russian fans celebrate after their team's victory over Egypt, at the Fan Zone in Rostov-on-Don, on June 19, 2018.
Russian fans celebrate after their team's victory over Egypt, at the Fan Zone in Rostov-on-Don, on June 19, 2018. PHOTO: AFP
Fans watching the match between Russia and Egypt in the FIFA Fan Fest in Rostov-on-Don, on June 19, 2018.
Fans watching the match between Russia and Egypt in the FIFA Fan Fest in Rostov-on-Don, on June 19, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Fans celebrating on the streets of Moscow following Russia victory over Egypt, on June 19, 2018.
Fans celebrating on the streets of Moscow following Russia victory over Egypt, on June 19, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
Fans reacting to the match between Russia and Egypt at the FIFA Fan Fest in Nizhny Novgorod, on June 19, 2018.
Fans reacting to the match between Russia and Egypt at the FIFA Fan Fest in Nizhny Novgorod, on June 19, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Russian fans react as they watch the match between Russia and Egypt on an television at an outdoor cafe.
Russian fans react as they watch the match between Russia and Egypt on an television at an outdoor cafe.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW - A bar, beer and a ball. From Moscow to Melbourne, this is one of the most universal images of football. And The Straits Times' man in Russia, David Lee, tell us what it's like to watch a World Cup game with the hosts.

Here is his account:

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