15 June 2018
Russia launched the World Cup in emphatic style yesterday when they outclassed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament's opening match. Yury Gazinsky had headed the World Cup's first goal after 12 minutes. Artem Dzyuba got the third a minute after coming on as a 70th-minute substitute. Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored twice and the second a superb shot in stoppage time. Aleksandr Golovin completed a memorable day by smashing in free kick with the last action of the game. The crowd were then treated to a fabulous finale as Cheryshev cleverly steered home the fourth with the outside of his foot before Golovin capped a great personal performance.