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2018/06/14 | 17:00| Group A| Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow| Full Time|

As it happened: Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia

2018-06-14 18:50
Last Updated at 13:14
14 Jun 19:24

That is all folks!

Thank you for choosing Sport24 to catch the opening match of the 2018 Soccer World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Have a good evening!

14 Jun 19:23

Tomorrow's fixtures - Friday, June 15 (SA time):

Egypt v Uruguay - 14:00  

Morocco v Iran - 17:00  

Portugal v Spain - 20:00 

14 Jun 19:18
Russia’s victory means that the host nation has never lost their opening match in any of the 21 editions of the FIFA World Cup (W16 D6 L0).
14 Jun 19:18
Russia (5-0) recorded the second biggest victory ever by a host nation in their opening match at a World Cup tournament, after Italy vs USA in 1934 (7-1).
14 Jun 19:18
Saudi Arabia have not won any of their last 11 games at the World Cup (W0 D2 L9). Their last win in the competition dates back to the group stages of the 1994 edition (1-0 vs Belgium).
14 Jun 19:17
Saudi Arabia have conceded 14 headed goals at the World Cup since their debut in 1994, that’s five more than any other team over that period (USA - 9).
14 Jun 19:17
Russia’s Denis Cheryshev became the first-ever substitute to score a goal in the opening match of a World Cup tournament.
14 Jun 19:16

Artem Dzyuba scored for Russia just 89 seconds after coming off the bench; the quickest goal by a substitute at a World Cup since Marcin Zewlakow for Poland vs USA in 2002.

Stats courtesy of Opta

14 Jun 19:14
Russia have thrashed Saudi Arabia by five goals in the opening game of 2018 Soccer World Cup. In a match that not many fans were interested in, the goals were certainly special. 
14 Jun 19:02
Full-time: Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia
14 Jun 18:56
Aleksandr Golovin curls in a beauty free-kick to round off a perfect night for the hosts.
14 Jun 18:55
94' GOOOOAAAALLLL!! 
14 Jun 18:53
What a freaking goal! Cheryshev's second goal of the night is memorable!
14 Jun 18:51
91' GOOOAAAALLLLL
14 Jun 18:49
85' Saudi Arabia substitution: Muhammad Al-Sahlawi off, Muhammad Asiri on.
14 Jun 18:47
82' No way for the Saudi's to get back into this match. They have a lot to work on in training ahead of their next match. 
14 Jun 18:44
78' Saudi substitution: Yahya Al-Shehri off, Hatan Bahbri on.
14 Jun 18:43
75' It took Artem Dzyuba just 89 seconds to score against Saudi Arabia...
14 Jun 18:36

Substitute Artem Dzyuba makes an immediate impact by tucking home Russia's third goal of the match with sweet headed strike.

14 Jun 18:32
71' GOOOOAAALLLL!!
14 Jun 18:32
69' Russia look comfortable as they slowly find their rhythm. Saudi Arabia are repeating the same mistakes as the first-half.
14 Jun 18:30
67' SCRAMBLE! Abdullah loses Golovin's strike but his Saudi Arabia defence is quick to clear the ball.
14 Jun 18:27
65' Russia SUB: Samedov off and on comes Kuziaev for the host nation
14 Jun 18:24
63' Substitution for Saudi Arabia: Otayf off > Almuwallad on
14 Jun 18:22
58' Saudi Arabia get a free-kick in a good position and Al-Jassim curls the ball across the penalty area... Salman Al-Faraj’s rises and connects it pretty decent but can't keep his effort down. 
14 Jun 18:19
56' Saudi seeing much of the ball in the second-half as well. They need to halt Russia's counter attack, refrain from losing the ball and create chances.
14 Jun 18:16

54' Saudi Arabia had the majority of possession in the first-half ...

However, now chances created. 

14 Jun 18:15
51' Golovin takes a shot from afar only to see his effort go narrowly wide.
14 Jun 18:13

49' CHANCE! Yuri Zhirkov plays a long pass for Smolov to chase but all he can do is win a corner.

Zhirkov sends the ball into the penalty area only for Osama Hawsawi to clear the danger with asserting header.

14 Jun 18:10
48' Three of Russia's last five World Cup goals have come from substitutes.
14 Jun 18:09

47' No team has even come back to win after trailing by two goals at half-time at the World Cup.

But can Saudi Arabia do it? 

14 Jun 18:06
45' Second-half is underway...
14 Jun 18:05

The teams are walking out of the tunnel ...

14 Jun 17:49
47' HALF-TIME!
14 Jun 17:48
45' TWO minutes of additional time added on ...
14 Jun 17:47
Denis Cheryshev makes it look easy as he scores his first international goal after brilliant footwork in the 18th area.
14 Jun 17:44
42' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!
14 Jun 17:41
36' PENALTY SHOUT! Osama Hawsawi saves the Saudi's with last-ditch lunge on Fyodor Smolov and the referee waves play on!
14 Jun 17:38

32' Saudi Arabia have too calm down. The occasion seems to be getting to their heads. Hopefully come out better in the second-half.

Just under 15 minutes left...

14 Jun 17:35
30' Russia have been doing well in the middle of the park stopping counter attacks and picking up loose balls. Saudi's have to show more precision in the final third.
14 Jun 17:33
27' Salem Al-Dawsari tries a shot from distance for Saudi Arabia but it goes well over the cross bar.
14 Jun 17:33
Just sad... Alan Dzagoev gets injured
14 Jun 17:32
14 Jun 17:28
25' Scoreline: Russia 1-0 Saudi Arabia
14 Jun 17:26
23' First substitute of the match as Dzagoev comes off after pulling his hamstring. Cheryshev replaces the injured player. 
14 Jun 17:25
20' SO CLOSE! Yasser Al-Shahrani of Saudi Arabia whips in a searching crosses towards Mohammad Al-Sahlaawi, who gets a slight nick on it with his head but his effort is just wide of goal. 
14 Jun 17:21
Yuri Gazinskiy celebrating his opening goal ...