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Hosts Russia got off to a flawless start as they beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow.
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Soon after Russian Federation took the lead as a superb cross from the left from Aleksandar Golovin found Gazinskiy at the back post who headed home his first worldwide goal. The Villareal midfielder, already on a high thanks to a well-worked goal before half-time, struck the ball beautifully on the half-volley with the outside of his left foot, giving Saudi keeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf no chance of keeping it out.
Saudi Arabia had 60 percent of possession and played almost twice as many passes as their hosts, but were still blown away on opening day.
Cheryshev and Golovin hit a further two in injury time, the latter from a free kick, to complete the visitors' misery. Saudi Arabia top-scored in Asian qualifying so both teams to score is worth backing at a relatively big price. And the Russian President's reaction to the goals galore was class apart.
Casualty ward Alan Dzagoev has been Russia's most exciting creative force of the past decade, having become its youngest ever outfield player in 2008.
Russia's bench players had their day of glory.
Russia's fans, forced to suffer years of poor performances in friendlies that left their team an embarrassing 70th in the world rankings will not care about the quality of the opponents.
The reaction after the first goal.