FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia vs Saudi Arabia highlights: Russia rout Saudi Arabia
Goals from Yuri Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev*2, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin gave Russia a commanding win in the first match of the FIFA 2018 World CUP.Get highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony and Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia here.football Updated: Jun 14, 2018 23:45 IST
Russia put in a show stopping performance in the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to thrash Saudi Arabia 5-0. Yury Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev (2), Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin were the goal scorers for the hosts in a dominating performance. Saudi Arabia didn’t put much of a performance as Russia played mostly in the second gear. Russia keeper and captain Igor Akinfeev didn’t even have a save to make in the whole of the match. Get highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony and Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia here. (STREAMING INFO)
22:35 hrs IST: That’s it Russia win the opening game of the 2018 World Cup 5-0 against Saudi Arabia.
22:28 hrs IST: Goal 5-0 ! Aleksandr Golovin with a fantastic free-kick to add icing on the cake.
22:24 hrs IST: Goal 4-0 ! Denis Cheryshev scores his second gaol of the game.
22:19 hrs IST: Three minutes of added time.
22:19 hrs IST: First yellow of the game, and it goes to Russia midfielder Golovin.
22:16 hrs IST: Dying minutes of the match and still Russia making all the running. 3-0 flatters Saudi Arabia, it could have been so much worse.
22:12 hrs IST: The crowd is delirious, they couldn’t have seen this coming before the start of the match.
22:09 hrs IST: All gone quiet now, the result is beyond doubt now.
22:04 hrs IST: GOAL!!! 3-0 Russia are home and dry, and it’s another Russian substitute Artem Dzyuba scores with his first touch
21:58 hrs IST: To say Saudi Arabia have been poor will be an understatement. The keeper Al-Mayouf now nearly fluffs his lines.
21:57 hrs IST: Not the intensity of the first half but Russia visibly the dominant side.
21:53 hrs IST: Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev is yet to make a save puts things into perspective.
21:47 hrs IST: Best chance of the game for Saudi Arabia but Taisar Al-Jassim can’t tap the ball home.
21:42 hrs IST: Russia are getting into their groove and beginning to get on front foot, nothing from Saudi Arabia.
21:39 hrs IST: A slow start for the second half, the onus is on Saudi Arabia to make all the pushing. The need a minimum of two goals
21:35 hrs IST: The teams are back out for the second half. Saudi Arabia need to improve a lot.
21:20 hrs IST: Half-time and Russia are cruising. They have been far too good for Saudi Arabia and could easily have been up by more goals.
21:16 hrs IST: 2-0 RUSSIA and it had been coming, substitute Denis Cheryshev scores to put hosts’ in a commanding position.
21:12 hrs IST: Most of the Russian attacks have come down the Saudi right, the Asian team just haven’t been able to deal with Zhirkov’s pace and trickery.
21:10 hrs IST: This is not a good advert for Asian football as the Saudi’s have been far too slow while the Russia team has been on fire.
21:07 hrs IST: Huge shout for a penalty as Golovin goes down but the ref says nothing doing. Replays show referee got it spot on. Still 1-0 Russia lead.
21:03 hrs IST: Half an hour gone and Russia have been brilliant, while Saudi Arabia are lucky to be only 1-0 down.
21:01 hrs IST: Denis Cheryshev has replaced Alan Dzagoev, Russia still the dominant team in Moscow.
20:56 hrs IST: Alan Dzagoev is out of the game with an injury, he has been subbed. That’s a bitter blow for the player and the team
20:52 hrs IST: Out of the blue, it’s a chance for Saudi Arabia, but,but it’s headed wide. Corner though.
20:50 hrs IST: Russia are all over Saudi Arabia.
20:44 hrs IST: We have the opening goal and it’s the hosts that take a well deservesd lead, Yuri Gazinsky with the opening goal. 1-0 RUSSIA.
20:40 hrs IST: Last ditch defending there by Saudi players, Russia making all the early running in Moscow.
20:33 hrs IST: Russia, the home tea, trying top put all the early pressure of Saudi Arabia.
20:30 hrs IST: The game has kicked off
20:30 hrs IST: Do remember that we have VAR in this World Cup.
20:28 hrs IST: The teams are here for the national anthems. We are just minutes away from the kick-off.
20:23 hrs IST: The planet’s biggest football tournament is here. We are seriously happy to be the host - Putin
20:20 hrs IST: Now, Russian president Vladimir Putin addresses the stadium.
20:17 hrs IST: The opening ceremony has ended as we are less than 15 minutes away from the first match of the FIFA World Cup.
20:14 hrs IST: Williams is now on the ground entertaining the fans.
20:10 hrs IST: Ronaldo arrives as the whole stadium is on its feet.
20:09 hrs IST: Now, Williams is joined by Russian soprano Aida Garifullina for a duet on Angels.
20:08 hrs IST: Williams is dressed in a burgundy suit and is surrounded by dancers in red costumes
20:05 hrs IST: Williams sings his famous number - Let me entertain you
20:00 hrs IST:Robbie Williams is here as the opening ceremony starts. The World Cup is here finally. The celebration, the rivalry, the madness, and most importantly the BEAUTIFUL GAME
19:50 hrs IST: The playing XIs for the opening match have arrived!
Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Dzagoev, Smolov.
Saudi Arabia: Al-Maiouf, Al-Breik, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani, Al-Faraj, Otayf, Al-Jassim, Al-Shehri, Al-Dawsari, Al-Sahlawi.
19:47 hrs IST: The opening ceremony to start in 10 minutes - Bhargab Sarmah says!
19:39 hrs IST: The slump has led to Russia being the lowest ranked team in the 32-team tournament as they occupy 70th position in the FIFA rankings but Cherchesov believes his side can pose a challenge.
19:35 hrs IST: On the other hand, Russia have not won an international match since a friendly win over South Korea last October and their pre-World Cup outings have resulted in defeats by France and Austria along with a draw with Turkey.
19:30 hrs IST: Warm-up losses to Italy, Germany and Peru have not made for the best preparations for the Saudis as they chase a first victory in the World Cup finals since 1994 in their first appearance in the showpiece event since 2006.
19:25 hrs IST: Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said Saudi Arabia would play without fear on Thursday when they look to become the first team to inflict defeat on a host nation in the opening match of a World Cup.
19:18 hrs IST: We are 15-20 minutes away from the opening. But before that let’s discuss on the two teams which will be clashing in the match.
19:13 hrs IST: Our correspondent in Moscow - Bhargab Sarmah - says the organisers are about to bring the trophy to the stadium.
His twitter handle is @BhargabSarmah - do follow him for World Cup videos, news and other updates, straight from Russia.
19:06 hrs IST: Russia has welcomed the world to the World Cup on Thursday as cheerful fans are streaming into the stadium.
19:04 hrs IST: 32 teams will fight it out over the next one month for the greatest prize in world football.
19:00 hrs IST: Welcome everyone to the greatest show on earth!
The showpiece event will begin with hosts Russia crossing swords with Saudi Arabia in the Group A in the opening match.
Russia, who are tournament’s lowest-placed team at the 70th spot in the FIFA’s World Rankings, are heading into the showpiece event in full strength, but they are yet to win a friendly in 2018.
Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, are placed at the 67th position and are entering the tournament on the back of their World Cup preparations in an international friendly with Italy. Saudi Arabia went on to lose that match 0-1.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that Saudi Arabia have fired two coaches since qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Edgardo Bauza was sacked as the coach only after five friendlies in charge.
While Russia will be surrounded by their home fans and hope to get off to a winning start in the tournament, Saudi Arabia will still be cheered on by a contingent of fans-- who have travelled all the way to Moscow to support their national side.
The opening ceremony will be a star-studded affair dotted with the presence of singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
American actor Will Smith will also be performing the World Cup’s anthem alongside Kosovan singer Era Istrefi and Nicky Jam.