Monday, 22 October, 2018

World Cup opening ceremony & Russian Federation vs Sauda Arabia

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Betsy Taylor | 15 June, 2018, 06:32

Brazil and their superstar Neymar are seeking a sixth global crown while Germany, who won their fourth World Cup in Brazil four years ago, will be determined to draw level with the Brazilians when the final is played in Moscow on July 15.

The 2018 World Cup kicks off in a matter of hours with the host nation, Russia, taking on Saudi Arabia.

The forced change turned out to be inspired as Cheryshev got on the score-sheet in the 43rd minute to become the first ever substitute to score in the opening game of a World Cup.

Gazinskiy headed in Golovin's cross to score the first goal of the 2018 event, with Dzagoev's replacement Cheryshev lashing in the second before the interval.

He said: "Unlike fearless Russian protesters, I have the "protection" of a British passport, which means I have been treated more leniently than they are".

The Russian leader, greeted by huge cheers ahead of the hosts' opening game against Saudi Arabia, spoke of showing the world a hospitable Russia and of sport overcoming differences.

After an opening ceremony which included British pop icon Robbie Williams, it took just 12 minutes for the tournament's first goal, with Gazinsky opening his worldwide account with a well-taken header across goal.


Cheryshev and Golovin hit a further two in injury time, the latter from a free kick, to complete the visitors' misery.

The opening ceremony included a mini-concert by British pop star Robbie Williams, who performed "Let Me Entertain You".

Pat Janssen, CEO of Al Shabab: "Saudi Arabia could be the surprise package in the group".

Pegged as +305 underdogs in Friday's contest, Portugal enters Russian Federation 2018 as the reigning European champions but have failed to post a win over Spain in a major worldwide tournament since Euro 2004. Saudi Arabia top-scored in Asian qualifying so both teams to score is worth backing at a relatively big price.

The other Group A teams Uruguay and Egypt meet Friday in Yekaterinburg.

The home fans finally held their breath in the 56th when Taiseer Al Jassam just failed to slide into a sharp cross in front of an empty Russian goal on the only serious chance for the Saudis.

But Russia's win was all but sealed in the 71st minute with Golovin again the creator, the CSKA Moscow midfielder producing a lovely centre from the right that allowed Dzyuba to nod in within two minutes of his introduction.

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