Hosts Russia started theor 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on high with a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. Two goals Cheryshev and goal a piece from Gazinskiy, and Dzyuba helped the hosts, But the star of the game was Aleksandr Golovin the young midfielder scored one goal made 2 assists and was involved in most of Russian attack.
Saudi Arabia had over 60% of possession as coach Juan Antonio Pizzi tried to implement his attacking style of play but eventually failed as Saudi Arabia failed to have a shot on target and were destroyed on the counter attack by the Russians. Their only good chance to score a goal came in the first half when striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi headed a shot wide.
Russia take on Egypt next while Saudi face an uphill task against South American giants Uruguay.