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#WorldCupRussia2018: Russia Thrash Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Opening Match

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While Saudi Arabia enjoyed the possession and pass accuracy,  Russia enjoyed the goal scoring.

Goals from Iury Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev (two), Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin earned the Russians a thumping victory – their first win in eight matches – in front of 78,00 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

This was never likely to be a classic opener between teams ranked 67 th and 70th in the FIFA rankings – with Russia somehow beneath th visitors – and thanks to some non-league defending from the Saudis, it bordered on farce at times.

After a weirdly low-key opening ceremony – basically just a mini Robbie Williams gig with some dancers doing keepy-up – we were treated to some lovey-dovey words from international man of peace Vladimir Putin.

Then it was down to what were officially the tw worst teams in the tournament to kick us off – and, by thunder, Saudi Arabia were bad.

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