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

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A Saudi Arabia fan holds a replica world cup outside the stadium before the match.

When healthy, CSKA Moscow man Dzagoev is an important part of Russia's efforts on the global stage.

Russian Federation launched the World Cup party in spectacular style when they thrashed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament's opening match on Thursday to give the host nation the lift they desperately needed after a nine-month winless run.

Amnesty International released a statement after Russian Federation beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening game condemning Tatchell's arrest as "outrageous".

'You know that we have very warm feelings for you, but I think you will understand that I can not wish success to your team, ' Putin told Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud on Thursday.

Russian Federation were 1-0 up at the time of Dzagoev's injury after Yuri Gazinsky headed the hosts in front after 12 minutes.

Substitute Cheryshev chipped the ball over two Saudi defenders in the 43rd and then fired it high to goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf's right.

Villarreal man Cheryshev blasted home Russia's second on the 43rd-minute mark before scoring a handsome goal with the outside of his left foot to make it 4-0 in the second half.

Exactly 1432 days after Mario Gotze's extra time goal saw Germany lift their fourth trophy, Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia take to the field to begin another chapter in the World Cup.

Following a lavish opening ceremony featuring British singer Robbie Williams, Putin welcomed visiting fans and promised Russian Federation would be a "hospitable and friendly" host.

However, Aleksandr Yardoshvili, the team doctor for Russian club Dinamo Moscow, told Sport Express that based on the video he believes the World Cup is over for Dzagoev, who has a history of hamstring injuries.

Warm-up losses to Italy, Germany and Peru have not made for the best preparations for the Saudis as they chase a first victory in the World Cup finals since 1994 in their first appearance in the showpiece event since 2006.

Saudi Arabia's manager, Juan Antonio Pizzi will be leading the Saudi Arabia national team in Group A, the former Chile coach failed to make the Copa America champions progress to the world cup 2018 but was later offered the Saudi Arabia coach role.

Saudi Arabia's route to the knockout round is much more hard. "It is left to us to be positive and start thinking about the next match", he said.

Saudi Arabia's next Group A encounter is against Uruguay in Rostov on June 20.

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