Russia kicked off the 2018 World Cup with a comprehensive victory over Saudi Arabia.
The hosts entered the tournament as the lowest ranked-team of all the 32 nations, having failed to win any of their six build-up games.
But they certainly didn’t appear like a team short on quality or confidence as they started their Group A campaign in style.
Denis Cheryshev was the pick of Russia’s performers, with the Villarreal left-midfielder – once on Real Madrid’s books – scoring two sublime goals.
His display was all the impressive considering he started the game on the bench.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Having already netted Russia’s second goal in impressive style, Cheryshev was full of confidence and his second strike to make it 4-0 was the pick of all the goals. Collecting the ball outside the Saudi Arabia box, he took one touch and curled the ball with the outside of his left foot over the Saudi goalkeeper’s head and into the top corner.
NEXT GROUP A FIXTURES
Friday, June 15: Egypt v Uruguay – Ekaterinburg, 1pm kick-off
Tuesday, June 19: Russia v Egypt – St Petersburg – 7pm, kick-off
Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Rostov-on-Don, 4pm kick-off
Monday, June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A) – Samara, 3pm kick-off
Monday, June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A) – Volgograd, 3pm kick-off
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