Russian Federation destroy Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the World Cup

Posted June 17, 2018

Juan Antonio Pizzi's men struggled to create a chance of note, failed to record a shot on target and gave away possession on countless occasions, enabling Russian Federation to record their first World Cup win since 2002.

In a post-match video address, Chairman of Saudi Arabia's General Sport Authority Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al-Sheikh described the game as a "total fiasco". Despite Saudi Arabia have 61 percent possession, Russian Federation had 14 shots, seven on frame.

In a World Cup first, the video assistant referee system was available for the match between the tournament's lowest-ranked teams, though it wasn't used for an official review.

"There are no words to express what I'm feeling right now". But it's us who need to create this positivity. Saudia Arabia's best World Cup came in 1994 when it advanced to the final 16. Behind the 11 years of troubled construction of infrastructure, political scandals and sports transformations of all the participants of the world Cup.

In the second half worked another replacement Cherchesov - the forward "Zenith" Artyom Dzyuba had two minutes after entering the field shot from the second floor to bring the score to devastating. The Green Falcons have four losses and two wins in their previous six matches and showed great determination in a narrow 2-1 defeat in a friendly against the defending champions Germany.

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The Saudi team we saw today was not the one we saw in World Cup Qualifiers. Hosts Russia will take on and Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest sporting festival explodes into life in Moscow. Its defender Sergey Ignashevich - in his 38 years is the oldest player the world Cup 2018.

The No. 70-ranked Russians got an automatic spot as tournament hosts and the Saudis, at No. 67, have the lowest ranking of the 31 countries that secured places via qualifying.

"I have grown up loving football, my brothers and father love it too", she said.

Russian Federation looked lively from the start as they poured into the vast spaces on both flanks and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring after 12 minutes as Gazinsky was totally unmarked to nod home Golovin's deep left-wing cross.

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.

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The Russians now top Group A with three points, while Saudi Arabia are rooted to the bottom, with Egypt and Uruguay to play tomorrow.

Cheryshev started the game on the bench but made a 24th-minute introduction when Alan Dzagoev went down with a hamstring injury that could end his tournament.

A couple of minutes later, Golovin fired a sumptuous free-kick to the right post from just outside of the box to make it a overwhelming 5-0 victory.

SAUDI ARABIA: Al-Muaiouf, Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani, Al-Jassam, Otayf (Al-Muwallad 64), Al-Dawsari, Al-Shehri (Bahbir 74), Al-Faraj, Al-Sahlawi (Asiri 84). "As for our strategy, we must change", Pizzi closed.

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