Russia have lighted up the opening day of the FIFA World Cup 2018 with a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia on Thursday. It therefore becomes the biggest margin of defeat since 1934 when Italy beat the United States 7-1.
The first goal of the prestigious tournament was scored by Yuri Gazinskiy of Russia on the 12th minute. Although the Saudis entered the game with the will to take the initiative, they proved too soft for an appointment like this. The Russians went ahead by means of a Gazinskiy header and, from there, everything was easier.
The Saudis managed by Argentina’s Antonio Pizzi were not able to overcome the initial blow and were making concessions until the Russians hit again. Cheryshev, who came in for the injured Dzagoev , culminated with exquisiteness connected a beautiful bolt to make it two before the break.
It was much of the same for the second half and when substitute Artem Dzyube headed home a lovely Golovin cross on 71 minutes, it was a matter of damage limitation for Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side.
And they couldn’t even manage that as Denis Cherysev curled an outside of the boot shot into the top corner – a goal that will take a lot some beating for goal of the tournament. As if not enough Aleksandr Golovin, stole the show of the evening when he bent a free-kick home with almost the last kick of the game to make it 5 for Russia.
Egypt and Uruguay will square off on Friday at 12:00 noon GMT at the Ekaterinburg Arena in the other match of Group A.
Notable Records Made
First goal of the Tournament – Yuri Gazinskiy – Russia
First Free-kick goal – Aleksandr Golovin – Russia
First Yellow card – Aleksandr Golovin- Russia
First brace – Denis Cheryshev – Russia ( Leading)
Second most most goals on opening day of the World Cup- Russia 5- 0 Saudi Arabia