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Surprise selection Gazinsky scores 1st World Cup 2018 goal for Russia

  Surprise selection Gazinsky scores 1st World Cup 2018 goal for Russia

Gazinsky rose to head the host nation into the lead on 12 minutes from an Aleksandr Golovin cross. Moments before, Alan Dzagoev had forced a corner from the first real chance of the match.

Yuriy Gazinsky scores for Russia © Alexander Vilf / Sputnik
Yuriy Gazinsky scores for Russia © Alexander Vilf / Sputnik

The tall, blonde-haired 28-year-old plays his club football for FC Krasnodar and was perhaps a surprise selection for many in manager Stanislav Cherchesov’s 23-man squad having only won a handful of caps before the tournament.
 

Russian players celebrate first goal against Saudi Arabia © Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik
Russian players celebrate first goal against Saudi Arabia © Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik

Gazinsky made his seventh appearance for Russia against the Saudis and it looks like he will make at least a handful more on his performance in the World Cup opener.

   
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