Festival of goals at Russia's World Cup opening ceremony

by Dwayne Torres June 15, 2018, 0:31
Festival of goals at Russia's World Cup opening ceremony

The result equalled the best-ever in a World Cup opening game - Brazil beat Mexico 5-0 in Geneva in 1954 - as Russian Federation took full advantage of a Saudi team who's defending fell painfully short of World Cup standard, while their attack was non-existent.

The 2018 World Cup isn't the first go-around for Achilles, who correctly predicted the outcomes of three out of four Confederations Cup matches played in St. Petersburg previous year, including the opening and final matches, Tass reports.

The win for Russian Federation is a big boost to its hopes of advancing, but it will still face a tough test against Egypt on June 19 and Uruguay six days later.

The hosts did better in the 43rd on another fast move, with the ball eventually falling to Cheryshev who rounded two defenders and smashed into the net at the near left post.

Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two brilliant goals after Yury Gazinsky had headed the World Cup's first after 12 minutes.

The Iranian national team have announced their arrival at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in style with pictures emerging of the player's pre-tournament squad photo.

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Russian Federation made it 3-0 in the 71st minute when Golovin chipped in a cross for giant striker Dzyuba to rise unchallenged to head in from close range.

In other developments, the football world governing body FIFA has embraced the technology of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) which will be used for the first time in the tournament's history.

VERDICT: Russia win in a low-quality game.

Although their World Cup record marks them out as one of the most consistent qualifiers from the Asian Football Confederation, the Saudis have not won a game at the finals since securing victories against Belgium and Morocco at U.S. '94 and had failed to score in five of their last six games at the tournament before this fixture in Moscow.

Usually referred to as just the World Cup, the tournament is the biggest sporting competition on the planet. It does help that the team's home base, Saransk, is one of the most centralized in the country.

England will play their first game on Monday against Tunisia.

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