Few sporting events conjure up the mix of top talent, global friendship, and just flat-out unrestrained joy that the World Cup does.
I attended Poland versus Senegal game at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia. It was pure excitement. Check out what it was like.
#1. To get to the match, I took the Metro. Moscow's metro system is one of the biggest and busiest on earth, with a ridership of 2.442 billion in 2017.
#2. The trains to the Spartak Stadium, where the Poland versus Senegal game was to be played, had TV screens in each car broadcasting the current game.
#3. The Spartak station was packed when my train got in at around 3:30 p.m. The game wasn't until 6 p.m., but I wanted to make sure I got in early.
#4. It was practically all Poland fans. They were chanting nonstop as we left the station.
#5. The space outside the stadium was like a giant party. This group of musicians was performing to a large crowd.
#6. Some Polish footballers were showing off their skills with the balls. One of them started doing wild capoeira flips immediately after.
#7. The Poland supporters were dressed in full regalia, with face paint, flags, signs, and head-to-toe red.
#8. A group of Senegal fans were gathered in the grass, singing songs and waving Senegal flags. Their energy was contagious.
#9. Senegal was a great underdog in the game with Poland. As a lifelong Mets fan (I know), I root for the underdogs. So you know who I was pulling for.
#10. Spartak Stadium is home to FC Spartak Moscow, Russia's most decorated football team. It's won a record 10 Russian championships and made the semi-finals in the three major European football championships.
#11. I finally got through security sans-pen and it had started raining. I made a run for the stands.
#12. They seemed very happy. Of course, the game ended minutes after. But even so, I saw only high spirits from the crowd. It was all good sportsmanship overall.