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Russian Federation crush sorry Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Russian Federation crush sorry Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

The Russian leader, greeted by huge cheers ahead of the hosts' opening game against Saudi Arabia, spoke of showing the world a hospitable Russia and of sport overcoming differences.

Villarreal winger Cheryshev took the ball on inside the box, taking two sliding Saudi Arabia players out of the game with his first touch before getting the ball out of his feet and firing high into the net.

The 2018 World Cup isn't the first go-around for Achilles, who correctly predicted the outcomes of three out of four Confederations Cup matches played in St. Petersburg a year ago, including the opening and final matches, Tass reports.

Dzagoev's replacement, Cheryshev, certainly stepped into the breach by scoring two goals after replacing the CSKA Moscow midfielder, including a stunner to make it 4-0, but the hosts can not afford to have their resources depleted even further by the loss of one of their best players.

Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf is beaten by a free kick from Russia's Alexander Golovin in extra-time of their World Cup opener.

In a World Cup first, the video assistant referee system was available for the match between the tournament's lowest-ranked teams, though it wasn't used. The United States will play the biggest role in the bid, with 10 of the 16 host cities being in America.

U.S., Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup
It's massive news for the sport in North America, where it continues to grow, especially in the United States. The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever held - with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.

Russian Federation can now prepare to face Egypt next week full of confidence while Saudi Arabia need to find instant improvement if they are to avoid further embarrassment against Uruguay.

Aside from wing-back Yasser Al Shahrani, who impressed down the left flank, Saudi Arabia offered little and did not even threaten a shot on target.

The other Group A teams Uruguay and Egypt meet Friday in Yekaterinburg.

Russian Federation dominated in front of a sell-out crowd of 78,011 - and millions more on TV - at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium and also overcame a major blow when forward Alan Dzagoev had to limp off midway through the first half with what appeared to be left hamstring injury.

Saudi Arabia will take the field on Thursday as lengthy +800 underdogs.


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