FIFA World Cup 2018: Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince’s funny reaction to Russia’s first goal - Video
After Russia scored the first goal of the FIFA World Cup 2018, cameras captured Vladimir Putin shrugging and shaking hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Updated: Jun 15, 2018 10:48 IST
Iury Gazinsky opened the scoring with a header in the 12th minute, with Denis Cheryshev added a second before Artem Dzyuba got the third in the 71st minute.
Cheryshev added a fourth with a superb finish before Aleksandr Golovin curled in a superb free-kick in injury time as President Vladimir Putin watched on in delight.
Putin smiled several times as he watched the game from a VIP box with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. After Russia scored their first goal, cameras captured Putin shrugging and shaking hands with Salman.
As expected, Twitter was quick to react, predicting the possible conversation between the two –
Prince Salman: Hey Vlad, thanks for rigging America’s elections!— Rahat Kukreja (@RahatKuk) June 14, 2018
Putin: Of course! Want me to rig yours too?
Prince Salman: We don’t have elections for this very reason! 😅
Putin: Same here! 😉#WorldCup #WorldCupRussia2018 pic.twitter.com/oIWqPWfPGi
Putin: Sorry bro, u can't buy everything with money.— Why So Serious (@WhySoSerious_jk) June 14, 2018
Evantino: Maybe u should call Amercia to help you.
Salman: Guys , let's make a deal please
#worldcuprussia2018#WorldCup #كأس_العالم #كأس_العالم_2026 #CoupeDuMonde2018 pic.twitter.com/pico6N4dmd
Putin and Muhammad Bin Salman's reaction when Russia scored. 😅😅 pic.twitter.com/iM6vIbmO2P— Sunny 💡 (@Its_SuNnYzzZ_77) June 14, 2018
Putin: "I bet you half my gas reserves Trump signs a free trade agreement with me first."— Caiphus Kgosana (@CaiphusK_11) June 14, 2018
Crown Prince: "You are on."
Gianni: *thinking* my heroes. pic.twitter.com/TMDe65997o
Putin shake that hand like.... "We still building the pipeline right dawg?"🤣🤣🤣🤣— senator_forde (@Kerwyn_Forde) June 14, 2018
After the match, Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said he received a congratulatory call from President Putin.
Cherchesov’s team entered the match at Moscow’s 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium under intense pressure to put on a worthy performance.
Russia were without a win in more than eight months and ranked 70th in the world -- the lowest of the 32 teams in the showpiece. But they gained confidence as the match progressed and achieved a superb win.
Russia will now face Egypt on June 19.