Russia dismantle Saudi Arabia in World Cup opening match
– Gazinkiy, Cheryshev and Dzyuba, Golovin scores in Russia’s 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia
– Both sides have been winless in their warm up matches before the tournament
– Russia will take on Egypt while Saudi Arabai battles Uruguay in their respective games
Russia opened their account with a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the first match of the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The host nation had the advantage in the opening exchanges of the match as Yuri Gazinkiy put the home side ahead with a well-placed header to make the scores 1-0.
The Middle East nation struggled to settle into the match as they lacked the finishing touches in the final third.
Alan Dzagoev was substituted in the 24th minute after sustaining a hamstring injury as Denis Cherysev came on for the midfielder.
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There were calls for a penalty as Aleksandr Golovin was adjudged to have been brought down by Osama Hawsawi but the referee did not award the spot-kick.
The Russian pressure paid off as they got the second through substitute Cheryshev after a swift counter attacking move found him clear in the box.
The Villareal winger skipped past two Saudi defenders finished to score his first international goal as well as doubling the advantage for his country.