Football: Russia beats Saudi Arabia 5-0 in FIFA World Cup opener
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Today in the opener of 2018 FIFA Football World Cup game host nation Russia defeated Saudi Arabia 5–0 at the in Moscow. opened the scoring, his first international goal; and substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two goals in the match.
Saudi Arabia dominated in ball possession. Both the teams started with attacking strategy. Saudi Arabia conceded two corner kicks in the first ten minutes of the game. In the 12th minute, Russia got the breakthrough, when Iury Gazinsky scored a header assisted by. Russia made their first substitution in the 24th minute. Cheryshev came on for who injured his hamstring. Just a few minutes before the half-time whistle, substitute Cheryshev scored the second goal for the hosts from 's assist. The first half ended with 2–0 on the scoreboard.
In the 64th minute of the game, both the sides made substitutions. Saudi Arabia's Argentine referee brought the match to an end, with the hosts winning the opener 5–0 despite having about 40% of the ball possession.came on for ; while was replaced by for Russia. Russia made their third and final substitution of the night in the 70th minute when was substituted off for . Soon after Dzyuba came on, he scored the third of the night, a header from Golovin's assist. Two minutes later, missed a chance to open the scoring for the visiting side. Golovin was shown a yellow card in the 88th minute for a foul, which earned Saudi Arabia a free kick in their own defensive half. Just a minute into injury time, Cheryshev netted his second goal of the night, putting the hosts 4–0 up front. Saudi Arabia's was the second person to be booked in the match for a bad foul as Russia won a free kick. Golovin, who had already provided two assists in the game, took the free kick and scored in the bottom right corner.
The Russians had seven shots on target, while the visitors had none. The Saudis conceded six corners in the entire match and committed ten fouls in total. Group A's Egypt and Uruguay are scheduled to face each other tomorrow.
After the match, Cheryshev said, "I could never have dreamt of anything like this. I already felt very happy just to be [on] the squad. My second goal, we spent some time working on that during training sessions. I was trying to be up there with Dzyuba, he won it with a header and I just kicked the ball — I didn't have time to think!"
Group A standings as of June 14
|🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia||1||0||0||1||0||5||-5||0|
|June 14, 2018|
|Russia 🇷🇺||5–0||🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia||Moscow, Russia, |
Referee: ( )
Denis Cheryshev 43'
Denis Cheryshev 90+1'
Aleksandr Golovin 88'
Denis Cheryshev 24'
|(2–0) HT|| 90+3' |
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