The 2018 World Cup opened in spectacular fashion as Russian Federation defied their recent poor form to score five past Saudi Arabia and record the biggest win by the host nation in the opening game of a World Cup since 1934.
Russian Federation selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. It was a mixture of talent from Russian Federation and mistakes from Saudi Arabia which settled the result. Putin then reached over to shake the prince's hand. But his substitute Cheryshev scored a brace and young Golovin made two assists and a goal to more than make up for Dzagoev's absence. He chipped the ball over two Saudi defenders in the 43rd minute and shot over goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf's right side to make it 2-0. The ranking did little to affect the morale of the home squad as Gazinsky scored on a lovely header at the 12th minute to give Russian Federation a 1-0 lead early.
"I could never have dreamed of anything like this".
The Saudi team we saw today was not the one we saw in World Cup Qualifiers.
Russian president Vladimir Putin told us Russians love football during the opening ceremony and there was no denying the passion of the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium - every time their heroes crossed the halfway line the decibel level rocketed.
Putin has made no secret about his desire for success in global sports, especially at the Olympics.
In a World Cup first, the video assistant referee system was available for the match between the tournament's lowest-ranked teams, though it wasn't used for an official review.
Boss Juan Antonio Pizzi said: "Results like this don't happen very often in World Cups and we need to recover from this shameful situation". Currently, Russia, with a high goal difference, are placed on top of the group, followed by Uruguay who took 3 points after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Egypt in their opener. At the end of the first half, he doubled the score when Golovin on speed, won the ball from the sleeping protector of Saudi Arabia, gave the Piglet the Zobnina, the left - Cheryshev. Having been taken apart by a Russian attack that was not highly fancied, they must be anxious for what is coming next: Cavani and Suarez in the light blue of Uruguay.
Russia's bench players had their day of glory.
Denis Cheryshev's curling outside of the foot screamer from the edge of the box was the hands-down victor in the goal of the day stakes.
A disruptive build-up to the World Cup with head coach Stanislav Cherchesov falling out with several key players hasn't done them any good and has made for a depleted squad short of quality. "The opposing team did not have to make a huge effort to win".