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FIFA WC 2018: Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in tournament opener

ANI  |  Moscow [Russia] 

The host nation, Russia, blanked in a 5-0 victory in the opening match of at Moscow's Stadium on Thursday.

scored tournament's opening goal with a firmly-placed header to give hosts 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of the match.

Substitute Denis Cheryshev, who replaced the injured Alan Dzagoev, scored the second goal for the hosts in the 43rd minute to double their lead.

Another substitute scored for Russia, a clinical header from Artem Dzyuba, took the hosts to a 3-0 lead against in the 71st minute of the match.

Cheryshev added another fine goal for the Russians, taking them to a 4-0 lead in the time.

scored the fifth and the final goal of the match to give 5-0 lead.

Fans from all over the world witnessed a glitzy and glamorous affair at the opening event of the much awaited World Cup 2018.

On a related note, will play against on Friday in the second game of the tournament at

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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 01:49 IST