Host nation Russian Federation thrash Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener

Hosts Russia face Saudi challenge in World Cup opener

Since their win over Japan, Saudi Arabia has played a total of 17 games, clearly not lacking match practice.

In a squad without World Cup experience, Osama Hawsawi's 135 caps of global know-how could prove crucial in allowing Saudi Arabia to make a fist of its matches.

Yuri Gazinskiy's goal for Russian Federation came from the first shot on target at the 2018 World Cup.

"We have to take all the criticisms and turn it into something positive", Cherchesov told reporters.

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It's been 12 years since the Green Falcons participated in the World Cup and they'll have a shot against a beatable Russian squad, although being the true road team certainly doesn't help.

Egypt's coach said prolific striker Mohamed Salah is "almost 100 percent" to play in their opening match against Uruguay on Friday after he had intensive treatment on the shoulder injury he suffered playing for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The Saudis were in a better place for 25 minutes of the second half, but the outcome wasn't in doubt and Russian Federation added valuable goals to its portfolio.

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That the two participating soccer teams harbor no hope of raising the 11-pound, gold-plated trophy at this very same venue four-plus weeks forward did not matter a lick to the 78,011 stuffed inside Luzhniki Stadium, the 25,000 partying in the adjacent riverside fanfest and hundreds of millions watching in time zones near and far.

"We have the best country in the world, I knew we would win".

Saudi Arabia is seriously preparing for the tournament, the players trained in clubs Examples, but as shown by the games, players are taught to keep the ball and play the pass, but the moments to create not taught.

In the first match, we have two of the lowest ranked team in the tournament face each other. They did miss Dzagoev's creativity initially, but the industry of Cheryshev brought more balance to the side once Golovin, who scored a stunning free kick at the end, moved in field from the left.

Alan Dzagoev should anchor the midfield with Golovin and Roman Zobnin, as versatile 22-year-old twins Aleksei and Anton Miranchuk are the wildcards in midfield or attack. On account midfielder a goal and two assists, in addition interceptions and passes in the free zone, which broke the players of the national team of Russian Federation and did not have time Saudi defense.

Russian Federation meet Egypt in their next match on June 19 in Saint Petersburg, while Saudi Arabia will look to rebound against group favorites Rostov-on-Don a day later.

With 43 minutes on the clock, the 27-year-old doubled Russia's lead with a blistering left-footer from inside the box. "I couldn't think", he said.

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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