Russian Federation crush sorry Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener

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Those two sides will still fancy their chances of progressing from Group A, but the hosts have given themselves a chance of reaching their first World Cup knockout game since the demise of the Soviet Union.

The FIFA World Cup will continue through July 15, with the matches set to take place at 12 stadiums across 11 cities.

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The Saudis tried to knock the ball around but the Russians only had to sit back and wait for them to hand it over.

Granted, Saudi Arabia's defence was found wanting a few times, but the goals still had to be scored and the hosts proved they aren't participating just to make up the numbers with an imperious display even as the world watched with keen interest.

Sbornaya had the ball on their feet for just 39% of the time, taking 14 shots toward Saudi's keeper, while the Green Falcons took six shots towards Igor Akinfeev, but none of them went on target.

Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation are the two lowest ranked teams at the World Cup, but the Asian team are placed above their European counterparts in the rankings and were favourites to win the opener.

It's the end of the first half and it's the host nation who are now ahead in terms of goal.

"I have never done anything like this", Cheryshev said.

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Dzyuba spent half the season on loan after reported disputes with Zenit St. Petersburg management, but forced his way back into the Russian Federation team with strong play.

The 21st edition of the World Cup took flight Thursday with a carnival of colors, a parade of performers, 12 presidents, three prime ministers, a crown prince, past tournament heroes, a harpist, a supermodel, firebirds and a wolf. Their last win in the competition dates back to the group stages of the 1994 edition (1-0 v Belgium).

Saudi Arabia is seriously preparing for the tournament, the players trained in clubs Examples, but as shown by the games, players are taught to keep the ball and play the pass, but the moments to create not taught.

With 43 minutes on the clock, the 27-year-old doubled Russia's lead with a blistering left-footer from inside the box.

Interestingly, Russia has already eclipsed its total goals scored in their last two World Cup appearances.

Zobnin steered a header high and wide of the mark from a free-kick on the right in the closing stages, but Sbornaya sealed a comprehensive victory with two late goals. In such company the Russians, despite widespread criticism over poor results in the friendlies seriously counting on the playoffs - and therein lies another contradiction of the hosts of the world Cup.

"We are very disappointed by the defeat", Ezzat said, according to the Al-Youm Assabaa newspaper.

The Green Falcons too are not in the best of forms but still looks much better when compared to their opponents Russian Federation.

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