Russia followed up a low-key opening ceremony by winning the first match of the 2018 World Cup 5-0 against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Dimitry Cherchesov’s side have given themselves an excellent chance of qualifying from Group A, thanks to goals from Yuri Gazinskiy, Denis Cheryshev with two, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin. The hosts did lose Alan Dzagoev to a serious-looking injury, though.
Gazinskiy scored the opening goal in the 12th minute, leaping high to guide a cross from the left past Abdullah al-Mayouf and inside the left upright. There was a suspicion of a push on Gazinskiy’s marker but there was no indication of VAR being consulted.