Russia opens World Cup with dominant 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia

Thursday - 14/06/2018 13:04
An energetic and probing Russia overpowered Saudi Arabia en-route to a spectacular 5-0 victory at Luzhniki Stadium, with rising star Aleksandr Golovin at the heart of the home team’s best moves.
Russia opens World Cup with dominant 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia

In a match-up of two predominantly domestically-based squads that play on different continents, with opening game jitters to take into account, even the Russian media stuck a cautious tone in advance.

But the home side in red immediately opened as the more enterprising group, ratcheting up the tempo against a Saudi Arabia that looked vulnerable at the back, though not without technical quality going forward.

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