Saudi federation to punish three players after 5-0 massacre

A general view of the Ritz Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh

A general view of the Ritz Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh

In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country's green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday to support their national team against Russian Federation in the World Cup's opening match.

Qatari-based beIN Sports network is the only rights holder for the 2018 World Cup, which kicked off in Russian Federation on Thursday, in the Middle East and North Africa, the channel said on its website.

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Half an hour in the closing half both teams made replacements with Saudi Arabia switching Abdullah Otayf for Fahad Almuwallad and Russian Federation replaced Alexander Samedov with Daler Kuziaev.

Russian Federation fans pose as they wait for the start of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A football match.

Minutes before the opening match, riot police hauled an unauthorized flag vendor into a police van just outside Luzhniki Stadium as he shouted "Help me!"

The buildup to the tournament has been dogged by controversy and diplomatic scandals and has shone a light on the challenges facing the country.

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Provider Golovin, the youngest player in Russia's squad, turned poacher as he curled home a free-kick in injury time for Russia's coup de grace.

British campaigner Peter Tatchell was briefly detained by police for staging a one-man gay rights protest on Red Square.

"Nevertheless, Spain has a greater chance of winning the World Cup because Germany and Brazil may already play against each other in the final 16, while Spain has a simpler programme".

Sidestepping deep divisions between his strongman worldview and that of many Western countries, Putin welcomed fans to his "hospitable" nation by inviting them to "make new friends with people who share the same values".

Yet Russians are still riding a wave of jubilation and the World Cup is off to a scintillating start. He had angered his federation by taking the job of Real Madrid manager.

This edition of the World Cup will be the most expensive in history, but also the most profitable. A tournament which will feature 32 teams competing in 64 games across 11 cities. Hallgrimsson usually meets fans in a bar in the lead-up to a big game and briefs them on his tactical plans, trusting them to keep his match blueprint under wraps. "The latest figures show that forces in England and Wales have accounted for 1,254 passports", the press release said. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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