Russia get off to a flying start at 2018 FIFA World Cup

Updated On Jun 14, 2018 11:38 PM IST

Denis Cheryshev struck twice for Russia as the World Cup hosts thumped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow on Thursday. Iury Gazinsky scored after 12 minutes and Cheryshev added a second before the break after coming on as an injury replacement for Alan Dzagoev. Artem Dzuyba netted a third before terrific late efforts from Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin wrapped up Russia's first win since October to launch their Group A campaign in style.

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Goals from Yury Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev (2), Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin gave Russia a commanding 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. (AP)
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Goals from Yury Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev (2), Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin gave Russia a commanding 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. (AP)

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Russia's Yury Gazinsky, Aleksandr Golovin and Roman Zobnin during the warm up before the match. (REUTERS)
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Russia's Yury Gazinsky, Aleksandr Golovin and Roman Zobnin during the warm up before the match. (REUTERS)

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Russia's Yury Gazinsky celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates. (REUTERS)
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Russia's Yury Gazinsky celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates. (REUTERS)

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Russia's Yury Gazinsky in action with Saudi Arabia's Taisir Al-Jassim. (REUTERS)
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Russia's Yury Gazinsky in action with Saudi Arabia's Taisir Al-Jassim. (REUTERS)

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Russia's Denis Cheryshev celebrates scoring their goal. (REUTERS)
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Russia's Denis Cheryshev celebrates scoring their goal. (REUTERS)

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Russia's Artem Dzyuba scores their third goal. (REUTERS)
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Russia's Artem Dzyuba scores their third goal. (REUTERS)

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Russia's Artem Dzyuba celebrates scoring their third goal with Denis Cheryshev. (REUTERS)
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Russia's Artem Dzyuba celebrates scoring their third goal with Denis Cheryshev. (REUTERS)

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Russia's Denis Cheryshev scores their fourth goal. (REUTERS)
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Russia's Denis Cheryshev scores their fourth goal. (REUTERS)

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Russia's Aleksandr Golovin scores their fifth goal from a free kick. (REUTERS)
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Russia's Aleksandr Golovin scores their fifth goal from a free kick. (REUTERS)

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Russia's Artem Dzyuba celebrates scoring their third goal with coach Stanislav Cherchesov. (REUTERS)
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Russia's Artem Dzyuba celebrates scoring their third goal with coach Stanislav Cherchesov. (REUTERS)

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Russia players celebrate with team mates after the match. (REUTERS)
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Russia players celebrate with team mates after the match. (REUTERS)

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