World Cup: LIVE UPDATES – Russia Vs Saudi Arabia

1′  KICKOFF: Saudi Arabia gets 2018 World Cup proceedings underway at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, capital of Russia

12′ Russia 1-0 Saudi Arabia

Yuri Gazinski scores the first goal of the 2018 World Cup and that of the hosts Russia, after heading home a long cross from Aleksandr Golovin.

24′ INJURY: Russia’s Alan Dzagoev pulls up his hamstring and is unable to continue. He is replaced by Denis Cherysher.

43′ Russia 2-0 Saudi Arabia.

The World Cup hosts doubled their lead after substitute, Denis Cherysher beats his markers in the box and fired a powerful left shot past the Saudi Arabia goalkeeper.

45+2′ Referee Nestor Pineatta blows the half-time whistle.

45′ KICKOFF: Russia gets second half underway at the Luzhniki Stadium.

64′ SUBSTITUTION: Saudi Arabia make their first change, replacing Abdullah Otayf with Fahad Al-Muwallad.

64′ SUBSTITUTION: Aleksandr Samedov goes off for Daler Kuzyaev for Russia’s second change.

70′ SUBSTITUTION: Artem Dzyuba replaces Fedor Smolov for Russia’s final change.

71′ Russia 3-0 Saudi Arabia

Artem Dzyuba makes an immediate impact as he powers home a header past Saudi’s Al-Mayouf, after a cross by Aleksandr Golovin to give Russia a three-goal advantage.

72′ SUBSTITUTION: Saudi’s Hattan Sultan Babhir comes on for Yahya Al Shehri for their second change.

85′  SUBSTITUTION: Mohammed Al-Sahlawi off for Mohanad Asiri for Saudi’s final change.

88′ YELLOW CARD: And we get our first yellow card of the 2018 World Cup, with Aleksandr Golovin booked by referee Nestor Pineatta of Argentina.

90′ ADDED TIME: Three minutes

90+1′ Russia 4-0 Saudi Arabia

Russia complete their routing of Saudi Arabia after Cherysher completes his brace with a left inside foot stunner in the opponet’s box.

90+3′ YELLOW CARD: Saudi’s Taiseer receives a yellow card from the referee.

90+4′ Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia

Golovin, who collected the first yellow card and made an assist in the game, further humiliates the Saudi’s via a wonderful freekick just from the edge of the box.

90+5′ FINAL WHISTLE. Referee Pineatta blows the final whistle of the opening match of the 2018 World Cup, with hosts Russia trashing Saudi Arabia 5-0.

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