Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia - Football Match Report

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia - Football Match Report

Russian Federation launched the World Cup in emphatic style when they outclassed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament's opening match to end a nine-month winless run and give the host nation's team and fans the lift they desperately needed.

Yury Gazinsky opened the scoring for the hosts in the 12th minute before playmaker Alan Dzagoev came off injured clutching his hamstring.

Cheryshev showed he could be the man to fill Dzagoev's shoes with a fantastic injury-time goal, finding the top corner with a sublime shot with the outside of his left boot, before Golovin bent in a brilliant free-kick to finish the match in style. Aleksandr Golovin fired in a lovely cross from right to the centre of the box from where Yuri Gazinskiy headed it in at the left post past Abdullah Mayoof to make it 1-0.

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Don't miss a moment of the World Cup! However, he wasn't missed as substitute Denis Cheryshev doubled the lead with a sublime move. Dyzuba scored a third for the hosts in the third minute that put them way ahead of the Arabs.

Gazinskiy headed in Golovin's cross to score the first goal of the 2018 event, with Dzagoev's replacement Cheryshev lashing in the second before the interval. Hosts Russia will take on and Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest sporting festival explodes into life in Moscow. As half-time approached the substitute made it 2-0.

It also helps if you are facing a team who have now lost eight and drawn two of their last 10 World Cup matches, whose defending fell painfully short of World Cup standard and whose attack was non-existent.

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The opener match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 just concluded and how? A long ball from the defence was brought down by Golovin before Cheryshev got inside the box before finishing with a chip with his outside of his left foot in the first minute of the second-half injury time.

The world has its eye set on the first match of the 21 edition of the quadrennial football fest.

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