World Cup Hosts deliver perfect start after President Vladimir Putin declared the tournament open at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium
Russia made the perfect start to their World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia in their opening game today after securing a 5-0 victory.
Following President Vladimir Putin declaration of the tournament opened at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, Iury Gazinsky scored the first goal of the tournament in the 12th minute heading a cross from Aleksandr Golovin.
Russia suffered a blow when Alan Dzagoev had to leave the field with what appeared to be a pulled hamstring.
With the Saudi team more and more stretched by Russia’s attacking play, Dzagoev’s replacement Denis Cheryshev smashed home a shot from short range two minutes before half-time.
Substitute Artem Dzyuba made it 3-0 in the 71st minute when he headed home with his first touch of the game and Cheryshev grabbed his second in injury time. Golovin completed the rout with a free-kick just seconds from the end of the match.