MOSCOW - Russia made an excellent start to the tournament by hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Hosts Russia dominated the visitors throughout the match with their rational play.
Yuri Gazinskiy got Russia off the mark with a fine header from the close range and Denis Cheryshev scored the first of his two goals, displaying great composure. Artem Dzyuba was the second player to come off the bench and within minutes found the net with a header. In the stoppage time, Cheryshev scored a beauty with his left foot and Aleksandr Golovin finished the game by curling in a free-kick to score Russia 's fifth goal.
The month-long festival has begun and Russia takes three points from the opening game and leads the group A. Thank you for joining the FIFA World cup updates, tune in tomorrow for the second day of the FIFA World cup.