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Football | 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

Fulltime: Russia 5, Saudi Arabia 0



Russia scored two injury-time goals as they romped to a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Fifa World Cup 2018's opening match against Saudi Arabia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.

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LINE-UPS

Hosts Russia picked stylish striker Fyodor Smolov to lead their attack as they seek to get the World Cup off to a celebratory start with victory in Thursday's opening game against Saudi Arabia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The 28-year-old is considered key to Russia's chances of advancing past the group stage, but he has not scored for his country since the 3-1 loss to France in March.

Sergei Ignashevich, Russia's 38-year-old defender who recently came out of retirement, also starts as the hosts look to snap a run of seven matches without success, stretching back to last October.

Saudi Arabia kept faith with the majority of the team that lost by a single goal to Germany in their final warmup in Leverkusen, making three changes to last Friday's starting line-up.

Playmaker Yahya Al-Shehri is expected to be key to Saudi Arabia's hopes of being able to dictate the pace of the game.

TEAMS:

Russia

Igor Akinfeev (capt), Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kupetov, Sergey Ignashevich, Iury Gazinsky, Alan Dzagoev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Golovin, Yury Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov, Fedor Smolov

Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov (RUS)

Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Al-Muaiouf, Osama Hawsawi (capt), Omar Hawsawi, Mohammed Al-Burayk, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Salman Al-Faraj, Yahia Al-Shehri, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassam, Salem Al-Dawsari, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi

Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi (ESP)

Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)



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