Moscow: A five-star performance from the hosts. It’s Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia after Full Time at the Lizhniki Stadium in Moscow.Russia swept past Saudi Arabia and their frail defence to make the perfect start to their World Cup 2018 campaign.
Yury Gazinsky took 12 minutes to score the opening goal of the World Cup and substitute Denis Cheryshev added a second as hosts Russia made a dream start to the tournament and led Saudi Arabia 2-0 at halftime at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.
Gazinsky headed home a cross and Cheryshev showed fancy footwoork before putting the ball into the roof of the net in the 43rd minute. He had come on after Alan Dzagoev pulled up with a hamstring injury after 22 minutes of the Group A match.