Saudi Arabia vs Russia: as it happened
Game Analysis : After great five minutes at the beginning of the game from Saudi Arabia, the Russian controlled the game till the end.
Saudi Arabia players failed to control the midfield and could not play under pressure.
A great start for the hosts and an awful game from Saudi Arabia.
Here are live updates of the World Cup opening game
Full Time Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia
ГОООООЛ!!! АЛЕЕКСАААНДР ГОЛОВИИИН!!! 5:0!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/F4XrBBDKJC— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 14, 2018
93' GOAL Russia scores the fifth goal. Aleksandr Golovin makes it 5-0 through a free kick.
91' GOAL Cheryshev scores the best goal in the match from a wide shot .. It is 4-0 for the hosts and Saudi Arabia players are suffering on the pitch.
Спасибо за поддержку, друзья!!! pic.twitter.com/6k09YDlRQy— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 14, 2018
78,011 fans attended the opening game of 2018 World Cup.
70' GOAL Artem Dzyuba makes the score 3-0 for the host team and the Russian fans can not stop celebrations at the stands of Luzhniki Stadium.
Half Time : Saudi Arabia 0-2 Russia
45' The referee adds two minutes
Вместо получившего травму Алана Дзагоева на поле выходит Денис Черышев pic.twitter.com/5KSLICENXY— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 14, 2018
43' GOAL .. Denis Cheryshev dribbles two Saudi Arabian defenders and his shot finds the target to make the score 2-0 for the Russians.
14' al-Mayouf prevents the Russians from adding the second goal. The hosts are dominating the game.
12' GOAL Russia opens the score through a header by Yury Gazinsky.. 1-0 for the hosts
Г— Сборная России (@TeamRussia) June 14, 2018
!!! ЮРИИИИЙ ГАЗИИИНСКИИЙ pic.twitter.com/DCCWpn3i7C
5:00: The game kicks off
4:30: The opening ceremony starts.
Saudi Arabia starting line-up for the game:
Abdullah al-Mayouf, Usamah Husawi, Omar Hosawi, Yasser al-Shahrani, Mohammed al-Barik; Abdullah Otif, Salman al-Faraj, Yahya al-Shihri, Taisir al-Jassim, Salem al Dosari and Mohamed El Sahlawi
Russia starting line-up for the game:
Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergey Ignashevich,Yury Gazinsky, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin; Fedor Smolov.
4:03: Both teams’ players are warming up on the pitch
3:53: Spanish international, Iker Casillas, reunites with the beloved trophy he won in 2010 in South Africa.
3:37: Saudi Arabia team arrives in Luzhniki Stadium
3:16: The hosts are checking out the pitch
Russia suffered a disastrous run during the friendly games before the World Cup, as they lost to Brazil, France and Austria, and they ended the game against Turkey with a 1-1 draw to enter the World Cup without a single victory in 2018.
Saudi Arabia players are seeking a repeat to the glory of their first participation in the World Cup in 1994 when they reached the second round.
Luzhniki Stadium, which hosts the opening game, was built in 1955 on the banks of Moskva River in Moscow. The stadium is considered one of the most famous sports facilities in Russia.
The stadium’s capacity is 81,000; however, its stand held 102,000 fans in the USSR’s game against Italy in 1963.
The stadium was destroyed in 2013 and was rebuilt to host the games of the 2018 World Cup.
Saudi Arabia faces the host nation, Russia, on Thursday afternoon at the opening game of the 2018 World Cup tournament.