World Cup opening ceremony & Russian Federation vs Sauda Arabia

World Cup opening ceremony & Russian Federation vs Sauda Arabia

World Cup opening ceremony & Russian Federation vs Sauda Arabia

A goal scored by Russian midfielder Yuri Gazinsky in the opening match with Saudi Arabia delighted passengers of the Moscow metro.

Hosts Russia kicked off the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in fashion, taming their Group-A mate and visitors Saudi Arabia 5-0.

Iury Gazinsky opened the scoring before Man of the Match Cheryshev and Dzyuba also found the net, and Cheryshev and Alexandr Golovin struck in stoppage-time to help Russian Federation end a winless run of seven games and make sure they have a chance to advance into the knock-out stages.

Dzagoev appeared to pull a hamstring off the ball and could be a doubt for the rest of the tournament. Sensing that a sliding tackle was imminent, the Villarreal star used his first touch to dink the ball over his opponent before going on to power home Russia's second goal of the game.

Thirty-two national teams are participating in the World Cup football championships in Russian Federation. The Spaniards were left reeling following the sudden firing of head coach Julan Lopetegui on Wednesday, but maintain steady +650 odds to claim their first World Cup title since 2010.

Luzhniki exploded into raptures after only 12 minutes when Yury Gazinsky headed home for the opener.

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Saudi Arabia fired Carlos Alberto Parreira after a 4-0 loss to hosts France in the group stages in 1998, even though four years earlier he had won the World Cup with his native Brazil.

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We have entered Federation Internationale de Football Association, so that is a big achievement for Saudi Arabia.

Fears that Russian Federation may become just the second host nation to fail to qualify from the group stages have been quashed for now, but their next opponents Egypt were given a huge boost by the return to fitness of Mohamed Salah ahead of their clash with Uruguay on Friday.

As Saudi Arabia lost all semblance of organization, Cheryshev turned a win into a thrashing with a stunning outside-of-the-foot shot in the dying moments, and Golovin once again stole the headlines with a trademark free kick with the last touch of the game.

Minutes before the opening match Putin said: "I congratulate all of you at the start of the most important championship in the world".

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