Russian Federation throttles Saudi Arabia, as hosts start strong in World Cup

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Putin attended the opening game on Thursday between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, which will also stage the cup final on July 15.

After Cheryshev's first goal, Artyom Dzyuba made an instant impact off the bench to make it 3-0 in the 71st with a header from Golovin's cross.

The Green Falcons mustered a rally in the second half, but Russian Federation again looked the more penetrating team, with Golovin reprising his cross for another calm headed finish from substitute Artyom Dzyuba to safeguard the win, to the instant relief of embattled coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

The World Cup was due to kick off in Russian Federation on Thursday with a match between the hosts and Saudi Arabia.

Russian Federation defeats Saudi Arabia 5-0
Today marks the opening of Russia's first ever World Cup, against a team who have not competed at the tournament since 2006. The FA had this to say; "We congratulate the USA, Canada and Mexico on winning the bid to host the 2026 Fifa World Cup ".

In addition to installing toilet bowls and painting the prison bars, Navalny said cell blocks have been fitted with LCD screens for prisoners to watch World Cup matches. He later chipped the ball in for Russia's fourth goal in stoppage time.

Artem Dzuyba netted a third before terrific late efforts from Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin wrapped up Russia's first win since October to launch their Group A campaign in style.

Earlier, British pop star Robbie Williams caused a stir during his performance at the opening ceremony by making an obscene gesture to a camera.

What's next? The other two sides in Group A - Egypt and Uruguay - open their campaigns when they meet at midnight tonight (NZT).

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Russian Federation had a penalty appeal turned down in the 35th minute, but Saudi captain Osama Hawsawi got enough on the ball when he challenged Golovin to avoid censure from VAR.

Russian Federation lost Dzagoev to a hamstring injury midway through the first half, the CSKA Moscow midfielder clutching his hamstring as he crumpled to the turf.

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

They said what? "I would like to underscore that we are grateful to our squad with how they fulfilled our goals, how they played in a relaxed game under the pressure stemming from this being an opening match".

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It is the biggest footballing event of the calendar year and this time Russian Federation is all set to host 32 teams. Williams said: "I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".

Egypt's coach said prolific striker Mohamed Salah is "almost 100 percent" to play in their opening match against Uruguay on Friday after he had intensive treatment on the shoulder injury he suffered playing for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

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