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Sports Rampant Russia pummel Saudis 5-0 in World Cup opener

20:26  14 june  2018
20:26  14 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

By the numbers: Host Russia decimates lifeless Saudi Arabia

  By the numbers: Host Russia decimates lifeless Saudi Arabia Russia did not look like a side in decline and Saudi Arabia did not resemble a World Cup side as the host dismantled Juan Antonio Pizzi's lot 5-0 courtesy of a pair of brilliant performances from Aleksandr Golovin and substitute Denis Cheryshev. Here's a look at some numbers that demonstrate Russia's dominant display: 0: No host nation has lost the opening match of a World Cup, with prior proprietors pairing 16 victories with six draws. 1:Here's a look at some numbers that demonstrate Russia's dominant display:

Rampant Russia pummel Saudi Arabia 5 - 0 in World Cup opener . The Saudis , ranked three places above Russia at 67 in the world rankings, played some nice, tight football at times, but were never able to match the Russian hosts for energy or intent.

Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5 - 0 in the first match of the 2018 World Cup . This was never likely to be a classic opener between teams ranked 67th and 70th in the FIFA rankings - with Russia somehow beneath the visitors - and thanks to some non-league defending from the Saudis , it bordered on farce

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By Ossian Shine

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Finally let loose after a year-long diet of international friendlies, hosts Russia roared their World Cup intent to the rafters on Thursday with a 5-0 tournament-opening win over Saudi Arabia.

The Russians served up an adrenaline-fuelled performance for an 80,000-capacity Luzhniki crowd which included President Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince.

The Saudis, ranked three places above Russia at 67 in the world rankings, played some nice, tight football at times, but were never able to match the Russian hosts for energy or intent.

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Russian national team hit the score during the first FIFA World Cup match: the fifth goal was scored from the free-kick by Alexander Golovin.

Russia got their own World Cup off to a dream start on Thursday, thrashing Saudi Arabia 5 - 0 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The Saudis improved in the second half but could not create the clear-cut chance they needed to get back into the game, and Russia rattled off three late goals to sit on top

Luzhniki exploded into raptures after only 12 minutes when Yury Gazinsky headed home for the opener. Better still, with Russians looking for the early shoots of a footballing Renaissance in a side cramped by a financially rich but poor quality domestic league, the cross that set up the tournament's opening goal came from CSKA Moscow's 22-year-old Aleksandr Golovin.

His potential move to Juventus stirred excitement at home this week after years in which Europe's best clubs have lost almost all interest in Russian talent.

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The lowest-ranked teams at the tournament will meet in the opener Thursday when Russia hosts Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which is also venue for the July 15 final. The Saudis lost their last three games but remain upbeat at their first World Cup appearance for 12 years.

International» FIFA World Cup - 2018 - World Cup Grp. A ». Russia -Saudi Arabia Egypt-Uruguay. The Russian attack lacks fluidity and as such this is likely to be an underwhelming opener to the tournament, with very little to separate these sides as things stand.

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Denis Cheryshev showed great skill of his own to double the hosts' lead just before half time with a left-footed piledriver, and Artem Dzyuba headed Russia's third in the 71st minute - 89 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

Cheryshev and Golovin hit a further two in injury time, the latter from a free kick, to complete the visitors' misery.

Egypt and Uruguay are due to play the second Group A match in Yekaterinburg on Friday.

(Reporting by Ossian Shine; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

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SAMARA, Russia - Mile Jedinak's penalty kick gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday and new life at the World Cup. Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark, which has gone unbeaten in 17 straight international matches. But Jussuf Poulsen's handball after a video review set up Jedinak's opportunity in the 38th minute. Going into the tournament, No. 36 Australia was the lowest-ranked team in Group C with the others all in the top 12.With a loss to France in the opener, a defeat Thursday would have made it nearly impossible for the Socceroos to advance to the next stage. Denmark, meanwhile, won its first match against Peru.

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