FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Russia vs Saudi Arabia: Russia’s substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two goals to lead hosts over Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday in the opening match of the World Cup. With President Vladimir Putin watching, Cheryshev chipped the ball over two Saudi defenders in the 43rd minute and shot over goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf’s right side. He later chipped the ball in for Russia’s fourth goal in stoppage time. Yuri Gazinsky initially put Russia ahead with a header from Alexander Golovin’s cross in the 12th minute. After Cheryshev’s first goal, Artyom Dzyuba made an instant impact off the bench to make it 3-0 in the 71st with a header from Golovin’s cross. Golovin added the fifth from a free kick in extra time.
Russia will be under a lot of pressure to perform as they go into the FIFA World Cup 2018 opener on Thursday against Saudi Arabia in a contest between the two lowest ranked teams participating in the tournament. Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov's side becomes the first Russian to go winless in seven consecutive games, with their last one against Turkey that ended in a 1-1 draw. The hosts will rely on heavily on Russian captain and keeper Igor Akinfeev to take them to the knockout stage.