The ball for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup returned to Earth on Sunday after a space flight.

The ball was flown to the International Space Station in March and returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz 07 spacecraft.

Along with Russian astronaut Anton Shakapelerov, Scott Tengel and Japanese Norrisheji Kanai landed in Kazakhstan near the town of Gizkazagan.

The World Cup begins on June 14 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which will be the scene of the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The 21 matches of the World Cup will be held on 12 venues in 11 Russian cities with 32 teams from 14 June to 15 July.


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