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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