MATCH REPORT: Russia demolish Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener Featured
14 Jun

MATCH REPORT: Russia demolish Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener

Russia recorded their first victory of the 2018 FIFA World Cup over Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening.
 
The host nation inflicted a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the Group A opener at the Luzhniki Sports Stadium.
 
The Sbornaya of Russia dominated the first half of the match as they ended it in 2-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.
 
Yuri Gazinskiy registered the first goal of the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup with a powerful from Aleksandr Golovin's cross in the 12th minute.
 
The Russians continued outplaying the senior national team of Saudi Arabia as goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf fisted out a strike from Fedor Smolov.
 
Coach Stanislav Cherchesov made an early substitution as he replaced Alan Dzagoev who suffered a hamstring injury in the 24th minute with Denis Cheryshev.
 
Saudi Arabia tried their luck to net the equaliser before the half-hour mark but Salem Al-Dawsari fails to find the target with a shot from outside the box.
 
Substitute Denis Cheryshev ended the first department of the match in a 2-0 win in favor of the hosts with a brilliant strike in the 42nd minute of the game.
 
After the break, Saudi Arabia started the match on a good note with brilliant passes but failed to find the back of the net.
 
The homesters, Russia, gained possession after the hour mark to mount pressure on Juan Antonio Pizz's charges.
 
Another powerful header from Artem Dzyuba in the 71st minute made it 3-0 for the Russian in the opener.
 
Two-goal hero Denis Cheryshev netted his second goal of the day in the 91st minute of the game before Aleksandr Golovin curls the direct free kick into the back of the net to complete their victory.

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