A bar, beer and a ball. From Moscow to Melbourne, this is one of the most universal images of football. The Straits Times' man in Russia, David Lee, tells us what it's like to watch a World Cup game with the hosts. Here is his account:
9pm: The crowd of about 50 are chilling, sipping Russian lager and eating grenki (black bread sticks) at the Darlingbar near the Paveletskaya metro station, but as soon as their national anthem rings out from the TV screens broadcasting their team's World Cup game against Egypt, they stand to attention and belt out a hair-raising rendition. In. A. Bar. Kick-off!