#WorldCupWith360nobs: Russia Thrash Saudi Arabia 5-0

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Host Russia have thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday.

No host team has lost a World Cup opening match and Russia kept up that tradition with goals from Yury Gazinsky (12), Denis Cheryshev (43, 90+1), Artem Dzyuba (71) and Aleksandr Golovin (90+3).

Denis Cheryshev scored a brace and Aleksandr Golovin starred as Russia kicked off their first home World Cup with a rampant Group A win over a lacklustre Saudi Arabia side in Moscow.

The result equalled the best-ever in a World Cup opening game – Brazil beat Mexico 5-0 in Geneva in 1954 – as Russia took full advantage of a Saudi team who’s defending fell painfully short of World Cup standard, while their attack was non-existent.

Russia’s fans will not care about that after enduring a wretched run of seven games without a win but they will be aware that the Asian qualifiers look desperately ill-equipped to trouble Egypt or group favourites Uruguay, who meet tomorrow, and that there is still much to be done for the hosts to secure progress to the knockout stage.

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

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