Russian Federation crush Saudi Arabia in opener

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President Vladimir Putin has spent six years and more than $11bn preparing almost a dozen Russian cities to host the Soccer World Cup, the biggest such event the country's held since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Heavy defeats against Brazil and France in March set alarm bells ringing for Russian fans and their 1-1 draw against Turkey last Tuesday means they head into the World Cup without a victory in their last seven matches.

Putin and Infantino smiled and shrugged as they sat next to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the VIP box. "I'm happy we won and happy I could help my team", said man-of-the match Cheryshev.

Russian Federation made it 3-0 in the 71st minute when Golovin chipped in a cross for giant striker Dzyuba to rise unchallenged to head in from close range. Golovin added the fifth from a superb 94th-minute free kick he curled around the wall and inside the near post.

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Instead, many viewers spent the opening minutes of ITV's World Cup coverage simply admiring their fancy Red Square studio. After so much hard work, suddenly the whole world is gathered in your backyard to celebrate their love for football.

British pop star has grabbed the headlines once again-but this time not for his lively performance at the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 opening ceremony in Moscow but for his middle finger gesture during the show. You of course get all the "official" news, line-ups for every match, a live blog so you can follow a play-by-play if you're not watching the actual match, watch video highlights afterwards, and learn more about the teams and each of the players. The Saudis will face Uruguay on June 20 and then Egypt on June 25.

Half an hour in the closing half both teams made replacements with Saudi Arabia switching Abdullah Otayf for Fahad Almuwallad and Russian Federation replaced Alexander Samedov with Daler Kuziaev.

And the Egypt match got that much bigger with the return to fitness of Mohamed Salah ahead of the Pharaohs' own clash on Friday with Uruguay.

About half an hour into the first half, Russia's scoring midfielder Alan Dzagoyev boosted off for an offensive rush on the goal of the opponents, but fell down, obviously pulling a muscle.

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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.

Russia's bench players had their day of glory.

Raised in Spain, where his father Dmitry taught at Real Madrid's youth academy, Cheryshev showed his technical skills by beating the two Saudi defenders before his first goal.

"We have been doing our job with a clear understanding of what is expected of us".

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