Hosts Russia hammer Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener

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GL.coach: Stanislav Cherchesov. The scoring burden will fall on the shoulders of on dangerman Al-Sahlawi.

Goals: Gazinskaya 12′, Cheryshev 43′, 91′, The Film 71′, Golovin 94′. Now Russia's competitors will need to step up to this mark to keep up with their goalscoring form. The Green Falcons have four losses and two wins in their previous six matches and showed great determination in a narrow 2-1 defeat in a friendly against the defending champions Germany.

Gazinsky scored with a headed effort from a Golovin cross and it must have been deja vu for the Saudi Arabian fans in attendance.

The 2018 World Cup opened today with an extravagant ceremony at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Promptly by the Saudis far away could not.

The Argentine boss has made them better in possession and not just a counter-attacking team anymore, as they were under Bert Van Marwijk.

The Russians momentarily suffered a debacle when midfielder Alan Dzagoev left midway into the first half due to an apparent hamstring injury. Instead, he took the field Denis Cheryshev. But the team's reliance on the 32-year-old, who infamously went a staggering 43 Champions League matches without keeping a clean sheet over an 11-year span, speaks volumes about the home team's chances.

SAUDI ARABIA: Al-Muaiouf, Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani, Al-Jassam, Otayf (Al-Muwallad 64), Al-Dawsari, Al-Shehri (Bahbir 74), Al-Faraj, Al-Sahlawi (Asiri 84).

This was a match that lacked sustained moments of quality.

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Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored twice - the first after a piece of skill that would have graced a Lionel Messi highlights reel - and the second a superb shot in stoppage time. He had literally half a minute to run across the field as he was locked filing again Golovina, now from the right flank.

How did Cheryshev follow up a attractive first goal?

In Group B action, African hopefuls Morocco will take on a talented Iran team in the second match of the day. First Cheryshev took advantage of the discount Dzyuba and goalkeeper threw the Arabians in the lovely trajectory - nearly as in training, there were suspicions, not whether the film offside.

Golovin: "For us, each game is like the last". Both sides come into the match after disappointments in the warm-up games and being separated by a mere three points in the FIFA rankings, picking a side between the two can test even the best of football pundits. Egypt and Uruguay play Friday in Yekaterinburg. With the game already iced, Cheryshev put a cherry on top in extra time, firing an audacious shot with the outside of his foot from the edge of the box. You can choose Cheryshev for the reserves. Whiles the Arabians preferred to hold onto possession without objective, Russian Federation played to their strengths with coach Stanislav Cherchesov setting up his side to play on the quick counter. Russian Federation will go into their next match on Tuesday against Egypt with confidence, as they already have three points and a wonderful goal differential.

Loser of the day.

Russian Federation kicked off their World Cup in style on Thursday, thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow as President Vladimir Putin basked in the glow. Osama Hawsawi makes inch flawless tackle.

Goals from Yuri Gazinskiy, Dennis Cherychez (double), Dzyuba and Alexander Golovin were enough to annihilate the Asian country in what was a one-sided encounter.

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