Russia wins opening World Cup match against Saudi Arabia

Moscow – Hosts Russia made the perfect start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, soundly beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the second-highest win ever recorded in an Opening Match. Iury Gazinsky gave the Sbornaya reason to celebrate early in the game, with Denis Cheryshev doubling their advantage before half-time. The Russians embarked on a goalscoring frenzy during a second half in which Budweiser Man of the Match Cheryshev staked an early claim for goal of the tournament.