FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia Blank Saudi Arabia 5 0 In Tournament Opener

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That's it! Hosts Russia blank Saudi Arabia 5-0 in tournament opener

Russia opens their World Cup campaign with a commanding 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in front of an 80,000-capacity Luzhniki crowd

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90+4' GOAL! Golovin scores on a free-kick to give Russia 5-0 lead

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90+3' CARD! Yellow card for Saudi's Taisir Al Jassim

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90+1' GOAL! Cheryshev adds another fine goal to put Russia 4-0 ahead

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90' There will be three minutes of added time

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88' CARD! Russia's Aleksandr Golovin gets the first yellow card of the match

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STAT CHECK Dzyuba scored just 89 seconds after coming off the bench, the quickest substitute goal at a World Cup since Marcin Zewlakow scored for Poland vs USA in 2002

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87' The match is literally over with only three minutes left in the regulation time

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SUBSTITUTION Muhannad comes off the bench to replace Alsahlawi

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78' SUBSTITUTION Second change by Saudi Arabia with Hatan Bahbri replacing Yahya Al-Shehri

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77' FREE-KICK! Russia get another chance to score but the shot is well cleared by the Saudi defender

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71' GOAL! Substitute Dzyuba straightaway scores with a fine header to give Russia 3-0 lead

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70' SUBSTITUTION! Russia have made their third and final change with Artem Dzyuba comes on to the pitch to replace Smolov

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69' CHANCE! Kuzyaev has space for a drive at goal inside the box but Saudi 'keeper Al-Mayoof makes the save

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67' The pace of the game has become a little slow with Russia still coming out with some well-planned moves

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64' SUBSTITUTIONS! Kuziaev comes off the bench to replace Samedov for Russia while Ahad replaces Otayf for Saudi Arabia

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58' FREE-KICK! Al-Jassim curls the ball, but Salman Al-Faraj’s header doesn’t trouble Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev at all

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56' Saudi Arabia's Taiseer Al-Jassam gets a fraction late to score despite Mohammed Alburayk's fine cross from the right flank totally beats the Russian defence line

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55' Ten minutes into the second half and Russia are still holding the edge

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52' Aleksandr Samedov hits it over the bar from top of the box (25 yard)

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50' First corner for Russia in the second half

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The official attendance for the opening match is confirmed at 78,011

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The second half gets underway with Russia looking to net some more while Saudi Arabia will fight to make a comeback

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HALF-TIME: Russia lead 2-0 against Saudi Arabia

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45' Two minutes injury time added

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43' GOAL! Substitute Cheryshev unleashes a blistering left-footer from inside the box to double Russia lead

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42' Russia make a fine move from the left which is well tackled by Saudi defenders

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40' Five minutes to go and Russia are clearly dominating the game in the middle

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35' Russia's Golovin calls for penalty but the referee denies it. Fine tackle by Saudi defender Osama

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30' FREE KICK! Saudi Arabia get a free-kick just outside the box on the right flank but they couldn't make good use of it

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24' SUBSTITUTION! Alan Dzagoev limps out due to an hamstring injury with Denis Cheryshev coming onto the field

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22' First corner for the Saudi team

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21' Saudi Arabia come close to score but Russian defender is on the task

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20' Russian players are on the attack as Saudi players need to calm down to get hold of the proceddings

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14' Another fine save by Saudi goalkeeper denies Russians a chance to double their lead

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12' GOAL! Third corner for Russia and they made a good move and Yuri Gazinskiy scores the first goal of the tournament to give the hosts 1-0 lead

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10' Early running from Russia gives them few chances and they certainly looked a better side

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9' Second corner of the game for Russia again

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7' Fine move by Russia from left to right and a goal opportunity too but finely blocked by Saudi defender

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6' Scratchy start to the game with both the teams finding it tough to control the ball

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3' First corner of the game for Russia

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2' Chance early on for Russia but it is well defended by Saudi defenders

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STAT CHECK: Saudi Arabia have never won their opening game at the World Cup

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Here we go! The referee blows the whistle and the match gets underway

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In the only previous meeting between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the Saudis claimed a 4-2 win on home soil in October 1993

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Customary shake hands of both the the teams before the group photograph

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Time for national anthems of both the countries after FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's welcome address

Source : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/football/fifa-world-cup/live-updates-russia-vs-saudi-arabia-live-score-fifa-world-cup-2018/articleshow/64589161.cms

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