Russia destroy Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the World Cup
With four goals from Yuri Gazinskiy, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin Russia slam Saudi Arabia 5-0 to claim the first win in Group A.
The Russian national team dominated the play in the first half allowing Saudi Arabia only three touches inside their box and their first goal came after Gazinskiy connected with an Golovin pinpoint cross to give Russia the lead.
Alan Dzagoev got injured and was replaced by Cheryshev who fired the second goal of the game, after Golovin ran his socks to get the ball before the Saudi defense and passed it to Roman Zobnin who assisted Cheryshev, as the Villarreal winger shattered the backline of the Green Falcons to double the scoreline.
In the second half, Mohammed Al Sahlawi had a crucial chance from a Mohammed Al-Burayk cross yet his efforts went wide. Before substitute Artem Dzyuba connected with another perfect cross from Golovin to make it 3-0 for the hosts.
Cheryshev added another with an epic left footed strike from the edge of the box, before Golovin assured he is man of the match with a brilliant free-kick to end the game 5-0.
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