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

FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule | As it happened: Opening Ceremony

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

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

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

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

90' There will be three minutes of added time

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

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

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


SUBSTITUTION Muhannad comes off the bench to replace Alsahlawi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

50' First corner for Russia in the second half

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

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

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


45' Two minutes injury time added

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

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

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

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

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

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

22' First corner for the Saudi team

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

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

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

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

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

9' Second corner of the game for Russia again

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

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

3' First corner of the game for Russia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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