WC 2018: Five star Russia dispatch Saudi Arabia

WC 2018: Five star Russia dispatch Saudi Arabia

WC 2018: Five star Russia dispatch Saudi Arabia

Russian Federation got their third goal from Dzyuba, who scored in the 71st minute, one minute after coming as a substitute for Fedor Smolov.

The tempo slowed and the atmosphere flattened after the restart, giving the whole thing the feel of a friendly match.

Saudi Arabia had no answer for the men in red and white as Artem Dzyuba scored his team's third goal in the 71st minute.

Fahad Al-Muwallad may have had a mixed time in Spain with Levante, but Pizzi's decision not to start him was odd.

In control games the team is also not impressed with the outstanding, losing four of the last seven matches with a total score of 11:2. Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino were among the attending soccer dignitaries.

Key forward Alexander Kokorin plus defenders Georgi Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin have all succumbed to knee injuries this year - with the lack of options seeing Cherchesov dragging 38-year-old centre back Sergei Ignashevich out of retirement and into the side.

Without an enormous improvement, they could just as easily be humiliated against both Egypt and Uruguay, too.

Warning: Golovin 88′ Al-Jassim, 93′.

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.

Juan Antonio Pizzi and his Saudi Arabian side have had an encouraging improvement over the past few months.

The Saudis showed some fighting resistance in the second half when Mohammad Al Sahlawi unleashed a shot on a goal that went wide.

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The 2018 World Cup is finally upon us as host country Russian Federation will take on Saudi Arabia in a Group A contest?

The second half proceeded at a leisurely rate, with the Saudis looking toothless up front to go with open at the back, and Russian Federation content to sit on their lead.

Salman, on the other hand, will find little conciliation in pity from Putin given his ambitions for Saudi Arabia to become one of the world's preeminent footballing nations.

Pizzi said he will do the "best he can" to bring the Green Falcons up to scratch for the next Group A game against Uruguay on June 20.

Saudi Arabia were continuing to give possession away easily and, from another concession dangerously close to their own area, Golovin fired over.

Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The 27-year-old's career has been blighted by a succession of injuries, resulting in Fabio Capello overlooking him for the 2014 World Cup.

The most creative player on the park, Golovin rolled the ball to Zobnin, but he dawdled and played a poor pass to Denis Cheryshev, who had been completely free on goal.

"We have to take all the criticisms and turn it into something positive", Cherchesov told reporters. I was relaxed yesterday and I'm relaxed today because I know my players.

"Egypt will be a different game, city and stadium".

"We have been studying our opponents from day one".

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