World Cup: Five star Russia hammer Saudi Arabia

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Yuri Gazinskiy became the first player to score with the first shot on target at a World Cup tournament since Germany’s Philipp Lahm in 2006 as Russia hammered Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday.

Cheryshev scored twice for the host nation.

Gazinskiy with the opener, just 12 minutes into the game as he directed his header beyond the reach of Al-Mayoof. Saudi Arabia failed to clear a corner from the home side. Golovin directed a cross to the back post for Gazinskiy to rise above his man and place his header into the bottom corner. A fine finish from the midfielder.

Cheryshev doubled the lead for Russia, 43 minutes on. The host nation were in command of the game as Saudi Arabia were stretched at the back before Cheryshev plants a finish past Al-Mayoof. Russia broke with speed down the right before working the ball across to the left flank. Two defenders flung themselves towards the Villarreal midfielder, but he kept his composure with a neat piece of skill. Then with his left foot he fired the ball high into the net to double his side’s advantage.

71 minutes on the clock, Dzyuba made it 3-0 for the host nation. The forward peels off the back of Omar Hawsawi in the box and guides his header into the bottom right corner. Saudi Arabia were opened up easily at the back, allowing Golovin to float a cross from the right flank towards the middle. Dzyuba makes the move to beat the attention of the Saudi defender before placing his effort past Al-Mayoof.

90′ + 1′ Cheryshev doubled his tally of the game. The winger ends the game on the highest of notes with a screamer into the top corner. Dzyuba won the knockdown in the final third. Cheryshev collected on the edge of the box and took a touch before firing at goal with the outside of his boot. His effort flew over Al-Mayoof into the top corner of the net. A stunning goal, which caps a brilliant performance off the bench.

90′ + 4′ Golovin scores a well deserved goal to make 5-0 for Russia. The winger curled a fine strike from the free-kick. Golovin lifted his effort over the wall and it had the perfect amount of bend on it to drift inside the post before nestling into the back of the net.

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Russia make the perfect start to the tournament with a hammering of Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup.

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