Russia Thrash Saudi Arabia In World Cup Opener

Hosts Russia on Thursday trashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Yuri Gazinski scored the first goal of the 2018 World Cup and that of Russia in the 12th minute, after heading home a long cross from Aleksandr Golovin.

Denis Cherysher, who came on as a substitute for Alan Dzagoev in the 24th minute, doubled Russia’s lead after beating his markers in the box, and fired a powerful left shot past the Saudi goalkeeper, Al-Mayouf.

Another substitute, Artem Dzyuba who came on in the second half, made an immediate impact and increased Russia’s lead in the 71st minute after he connected with Aleksandr Golovin’s cross and powered home a header into the back of the net. 

Cherysher completed his brace and scored Russia’s fourth goal in the 91st minute after hitting a outside left-foot stunner in the opponent’s box.

Golovin, who collected the first yellow card of the tournament in the 88th minute and provided the assist for the first goal, ensured Saudi’s humiliation with a wonderful free-kick just from the edge of the box in the very last minute of the game.

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