Russian Federation vs. Saudi Arabia - Football Match Report

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

As half-time approached the substitute made it 2-0.

Host Russia made a flawless start to their World Cup campaign beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening Group A match at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Thursday.

The host nation had the momentum towards the 20th minute and were unlucky not to have found the second goal through their high press.

The FIFA World Cup will continue through July 15, with the matches set to take place at 12 stadiums across 11 cities.

Yellow Card: Aleksandr Golovin is shown the first yellow card of the tournament.

Roman Zobnin sent a header over soon afterwards - but Russian Federation saved the best until last as Cheryshev swerved a glorious effort into the top corner with his right foot in added time, and there was still time for to Golovin to bend in a magnificent free kick in the closing seconds.

Saudi Arabia were continuing to give possession away easily and, from another concession dangerously close to their own area, Golovin fired over. The hosts did lose Alan Dzagoev to a serious-looking injury, though.

The host nation took a commanding 2-0 lead into the break with Saudi Arabia yet to have a shot on target.

GOAL! 43rd minute: Substitute Denis Cheryshev gets his name on the scoring sheet doubling his teams lead. The attack started from the right before the ball was switched to the left flank. two players tried to tackle the midfielder but he hits the ball into the back of the net with a neat left foot strike. He is replaced by Denis Cheryshev for rest of the match. Russian Federation return to action on Tuesday when they take on Egypt in St Petersburg, before concluding their group-stage matches in Samara against Uruguay on Monday 25 June.

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