Day three of the Confederations Cup saw Sochi host its first game, with world champions Germany taking on Asian Cup holders Australia.
Joachim Low's squad have been preparing with a handful of unusual drills, while Socceroos great Tim Cahill has been drawing inspiration from his finest goal on the international stage.
Away from the inclement weather of Fisht Stadium, Chile stars including Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez have been celebrating their opening win over Cameroon, although the Bayern Munich man appeared a little uncertain about his bold new boots.
Australia fans back home were turning to power naps in a bid to stay bright and alert for their clash with Germany, which kicked off at 01:00 Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Kazan has been full of colourful headgear in celebration of Sunday's game between Portugal and Mexico. Sombreros we understand, but the Ronaldo masks need a bit of work.
Vidal is the latest Confeds star to sport specially tailored boots for his opening game, but judging by this picture, he looks a bit miffed with the colour choice...
While the players trained and rested on Monday morning, Portugal's official Twitter account decided to wade in on the latest transfer rumours. They seemed intrigued by the prospect of Kylian Mbappe's interest in joining (or replacing, perhaps) Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
In a bid for inspiration for Australia's daunting test against Germany, Cahill reflected on his memorable World Cup 2014 strike against Netherlands. Another one of these would go down well.
Germany, meanwhile, spent time preparing for their opener in Sochi with one of the more unorthodox games of football tennis you're likely to see. Julian Draxler seemed happy to judge from the comfort of the exercise bikes, though.
Sanchez was lacking his usual Instagram inspiration as he celebrated Chile's win, but the ever-reliable public soon made his commonplace post an entertaining slanging match about whether or not he should leave Arsenal for Bayern Munich.
|Manchester City 1 Everton 1: Sterling strike denies visitors after Rooney milestone|
|Azarenka pulls out of US Open over childcare issue|
|Wayne Rooney scores 200th Premier League goal|
|Iturbe joins Tijuana on loan|
|Vardy fitness boost for Leicester ahead of Blades cup tie|
|Al Ain 0 Al Hilal 0: All square after scrappy quarter-final first leg|
|Clement reminds Abraham he´s ´not here on work experience´|
|FIA considering driverless safety car for F1 races|
|City to pay tribute to victims of Manchester and Catalonia attacks|
|De Ligt signs four-year Ajax extension|
|CAS dismisses Diack´s appeal against life ban|
|Chris Froome claims Vuelta red jersey, as Vincenzo Nibali wins stage three|
|Kondogbia departs Inter for Valencia loan|
|Carl Frampton splits from manager Barry McGuigan|
|Spurs star Kane unconcerned by continued August hoodoo|
|TIU investigating suspicious betting patterns around Dolgopolov-Monteiro|
|Cutrone to feature in Montella´s immediate Milan plans|
|Guardiola one of the best - Ederson had no doubts over Manchester City move|
|They´re just rumours - Nice´s Fournier plays down talk of Barca move for Seri|
|Chelsea´s ´great character´ key to Wembley win - David Luiz|
|Martial backs Pogba for Ballon d´Or within five years|
|This is not the movies - Ward ready to face Bellew at cruiserweight|
|So stupid - Muller rues knee injury after ´helicopter´ crash|
|Le´Veon Bell not leaving Steelers unless traded|
|Feyenoord sign winger Larsson from Heerenveen|
|Ritchie and Phillips return to Scotland squad for qualifiers|
|Gayle and Samuels return to West Indies ODI squad|
|Sakho asking price ´much too expensive´ for Palace boss De Boer|
|Costa calls Conte ´disrespectful´ over ´moment of madness´ text message|
|Ederson backs Neymar´s Ballon d´Or ambition|
|Pakistan to host World XI followed by Sri Lanka and West Indies|
|Burnley land Chris Wood in club-record transfer|
|Man City outcast Nasri joins Eto´o at Antalyaspor|
|Steve McClaren heads to Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Mayweather v McGregor: Five things the UFC star has to do to shock the world|
|Wake up Floyd, it´s all over - McGregor trolls Mayweather with knockout prophecy|
|Early hours third-round draw brings more ridicule for EFL Cup|
|Arsenal send Jenkinson and Bramall to Birmingham|
|Mayweather-McGregor is a circus and I´d beat them both - Horn|
|Roberto eyes Barca stay after revelling in midfield role|
|Dimitrov seeking to harness Masters momentum ahead of Flushing Meadows|
|Lewandowski irked by busy Bayern pre-season|
|Legend Ambrose blasts ´embarrassing, pathetic´ West Indies|
|Lealiifano to join Ulster on short-term deal|
|Coutinho should decide his future - Manchester City´s Ederson supports Barca target|
|Windies´ Brathwaite reported for suspect action|
|Ibrahimovic fighting fit for possible Manchester United return|
|Halep apologises to fans after Muguruza mauling|
|Rummenigge defends Barcelona´s Dembele bid|
|Titans sack Henry but deny rift with Hayne|
|Fernandinho sounds Rooney warning for Manchester City|
|Brighton sign Izquierdo in club-record deal|
|Avila saves Cubs with walk-off hit against Blue Jays|
|MLS Review: NYC, Sounders score stoppage-time winners|
|LeBron to Knicks? Griffin can see it happening|
|They shouldn´t be there! – Neymar hits out at Barca board|
|QLD boss Walters dismisses Titans links|
|Ramos highlights animosity towards Madrid after red card|
|Boldin in shock NFL retirement after joining Bills|
|Lakers respond to tampering allegations surrounding George|
|Baghdatis wins through, Dolgopolov suffers shock loss|
|Mourinho tells Rashford to embrace boo boys|
|Lucic-Baroni battles in New Haven, Cornet cruises|
|Zidane wants no more changes to Madrid squad|
|Pastore rules out leaving PSG in swap for Mbappe|
|Messi will sign Barcelona contract – Fernandez|
|Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos equals LaLiga record for red cards|
|Farah: I´ve run my last race for Great Britain|
|Stenson claims Wyndham Championship for first win of season|
|Spalletti eyes improvement despite convincing Inter win|