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FIFA World Cup: Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0

Host nation Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup to start their tournament in style in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. Iury Gazinsky opened the scoring with a header after 12 minutes, Denis Cheryshev added a second before Artem Dzyuba got the third in the 71st minute.

Cheryshev added a fourth with a superb finish before Golovin curled in a superb free-kick in injury time as President Vladimir Putin watched on in delight.

Hosts Russia dominated the first half of the FIFA World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia at the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium on June 14. Saudi Arabia had the opportunity to have the first pass of the tournament.

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Stanislav Cherchesov-led Russia started attacking the opposition from the word go, giving no such chance to Saudi Arabia to be a real threat. Yury Gazinsky gave Russia an early lead in the 13th minute of the game with a beautiful header. Post that, Saudi Arabia tried attacking but were not given any chances by the Russian defenders as they kept the ball at bay.

Russia had 60 percent of the ball possession and had three corners to their name in comparison to Saudi Arabia’s 40 percent and two corners. At the stroke of the half-time, substitute Denis Cheryshev produced brilliant skills as he beat two defenders inside the box to double Russia’s lead.


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