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14 Jun 2018

That is all folks!

Thank you for choosing Sport24 to catch the opening match of the 2018 Soccer World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Have a good evening!

14 Jun 2018

Tomorrow's fixtures - Friday, June 15 (SA time):

Egypt v Uruguay - 14:00  

Morocco v Iran - 17:00  

Portugal v Spain - 20:00 

More fixtures HERE

14 Jun 2018

Russia’s victory means that the host nation has never lost their opening match in any of the 21 editions of the FIFA World Cup (W16 D6 L0).

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Russia (5-0) recorded the second biggest victory ever by a host nation in their opening match at a World Cup tournament, after Italy vs USA in 1934 (7-1).

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Saudi Arabia have not won any of their last 11 games at the World Cup (W0 D2 L9). Their last win in the competition dates back to the group stages of the 1994 edition (1-0 vs Belgium).

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Saudi Arabia have conceded 14 headed goals at the World Cup since their debut in 1994, that’s five more than any other team over that period (USA - 9).

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Russia’s Denis Cheryshev became the first-ever substitute to score a goal in the opening match of a World Cup tournament.

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Artem Dzyuba scored for Russia just 89 seconds after coming off the bench; the quickest goal by a substitute at a World Cup since Marcin Zewlakow for Poland vs USA in 2002.

Stats courtesy of Opta

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Russia have thrashed Saudi Arabia by five goals in the opening game of 2018 Soccer World Cup. In a match that not many fans were interested in, the goals were certainly special. 

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Full-time: Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia

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Aleksandr Golovin curls in a beauty free-kick to round off a perfect night for the hosts.

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94' GOOOOAAAALLLL!! 

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What a freaking goal! Cheryshev's second goal of the night is memorable!

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91' GOOOAAAALLLLL

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85' Saudi Arabia substitution: Muhammad Al-Sahlawi off, Muhammad Asiri on.

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82' No way for the Saudi's to get back into this match. They have a lot to work on in training ahead of their next match. 

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78' Saudi substitution: Yahya Al-Shehri off, Hatan Bahbri on.

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75' It took Artem Dzyuba just 89 seconds to score against Saudi Arabia...
<strong>75'</strong> It took Artem Dzyuba just 89 seconds to score against Saudi Arabia...

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Substitute Artem Dzyuba makes an immediate impact by tucking home Russia's third goal of the match with sweet headed strike.

<p>Substitute <strong>Artem Dzyuba </strong>makes an immediate impact by tucking home Russia's third goal of the match with sweet headed strike.</p>

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71' GOOOOAAALLLL!!

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69' Russia look comfortable as they slowly find their rhythm. Saudi Arabia are repeating the same mistakes as the first-half.

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67' SCRAMBLE! Abdullah loses Golovin's strike but his Saudi Arabia defence is quick to clear the ball.

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65' Russia SUB: Samedov off and on comes Kuziaev for the host nation

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63' Substitution for Saudi Arabia: Otayf off > Almuwallad on

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58' Saudi Arabia get a free-kick in a good position and Al-Jassim curls the ball across the penalty area... Salman Al-Faraj’s rises and connects it pretty decent but can't keep his effort down. 

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56' Saudi seeing much of the ball in the second-half as well. They need to halt Russia's counter attack, refrain from losing the ball and create chances.

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54' Saudi Arabia had the majority of possession in the first-half ...

However, now chances created. 

<p><strong>54'</strong> Saudi Arabia had the majority of possession in the first-half ...</p><p>However, now chances created.&nbsp;</p>

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51' Golovin takes a shot from afar only to see his effort go narrowly wide.

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49' CHANCE! Yuri Zhirkov plays a long pass for Smolov to chase but all he can do is win a corner.

Zhirkov sends the ball into the penalty area only for Osama Hawsawi to clear the danger with asserting header.

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48' Three of Russia's last five World Cup goals have come from substitutes.

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47' No team has even come back to win after trailing by two goals at half-time at the World Cup.

But can Saudi Arabia do it? 

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45' Second-half is underway...

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The teams are walking out of the tunnel ...

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47' HALF-TIME!

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45' TWO minutes of additional time added on ...

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Denis Cheryshev makes it look easy as he scores his first international goal after brilliant footwork in the 18th area.
<strong>Denis Cheryshev</strong> makes it look easy as he scores his first international goal after brilliant footwork in the 18th area.

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42' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!

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36' PENALTY SHOUT! Osama Hawsawi saves the Saudi's with last-ditch lunge on Fyodor Smolov and the referee waves play on!

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32' Saudi Arabia have too calm down. The occasion seems to be getting to their heads. Hopefully come out better in the second-half.

Just under 15 minutes left...

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30' Russia have been doing well in the middle of the park stopping counter attacks and picking up loose balls. Saudi's have to show more precision in the final third.

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27' Salem Al-Dawsari tries a shot from distance for Saudi Arabia but it goes well over the cross bar.

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Just sad... Alan Dzagoev gets injured
Just sad... Alan Dzagoev gets injured

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25' Scoreline: Russia 1-0 Saudi Arabia

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23' First substitute of the match as Dzagoev comes off after pulling his hamstring. Cheryshev replaces the injured player. 

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20' SO CLOSE! Yasser Al-Shahrani of Saudi Arabia whips in a searching crosses towards Mohammad Al-Sahlaawi, who gets a slight nick on it with his head but his effort is just wide of goal. 

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Yuri Gazinskiy celebrating his opening goal ...
Yuri Gazinskiy celebrating his opening goal ...
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