Russia has won the opening FIFA World Cup match against Saudi Arabia with the score of 5-0 in Moscow. Flag-waving supporters from all over the world let out huge cheers and chanted “Russia!” as the host team scored twice in the first half at the city’s Luzhniki Stadium.

Thousands of Russian and foreign fans had turned out to watch the World Cup opener in a Moscow fan zone. A crowd of some 10,000 people, including many families with young children, crowded onto the hill above the stadium with giant screens set up to watch the game.

Iury Gazinsky scored after 12 minutes and Cheryshev added a second goal before the break after coming on as an injury replacement for Alan Dzagoev.

Artem Dzuyba netted a third before late efforts from Denis Cheryshev (who scored twice) and Aleksandr Golovin wrapped up Russia’s first win since October to launch their Group A campaign in style.

FIFA / Shoco Sports News 2018.

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