Host nation Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup to start their tournament in style in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. Iury Gazinsky opened the scoring with a header after 12 minutes, Denis Cheryshev added a second before Artem Dzyuba got the third in the 71st minute. Cheryshev added a fourth with a superb finish before Golovin curled in a superb free-kick in injury time as President Vladimir Putin watched on in delight.
Russia dominated the first half of the FIFA World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia at the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium on June 14.
Home team scorers and their numbers:
- Yuriy Gazinsky 12
- Denis Cheryshev 43
- Artem Dzyuba 71
- Denis Cheryshev 90 +0:48
- Alexandr Golovin 90 +4:01