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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 July 2018

WATCH: World Cup fans enjoy spontaneous street dancing in Russian city

Latin music lovers of all ages unleash moves in the centre of St Petersburg

Russia has become a place to dance and party during the World Cup. AP
Russia has become a place to dance and party during the World Cup. AP

Argentine football fans stumbled into a mini street dance party in St Petersburg on Monday, joining locals who were keen to show off their Latin dancing skills to their newest visitors.

Latin music lovers of all ages unleashed their moves in the spontaneous street dance in the centre of Russia's second city. More than a dozen couples danced the salsa and shimmied to upbeat Latin songs as passers-by on the road looked on in amazement.

Federico, who had come to St Petersburg to watch his beloved Argentina team take on Nigeria on Tuesday, said football was a unifying phenomenon.

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"This is the only sport that can do this," he said, as his friends waved a large Argentine flag in front of the street dancers.

"The only thing that can unite people around the world, no matter what religion, is football," he added.

Organisers in St Petersburg try to stage open-air dancing across the city centre during the summer months. DJ Vorobyey said World Cup fans were regularly joining in, adding that it is a welcome sight.

Argentina face Nigeria at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday in their crucial Group D match.