REPORT: Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0

Tweet Russia avoided becoming the first host nation to lose the opening match of a World Cup as they thrashed Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. The game, between the two lowest ranked teams in the tournament, began at a surprisingly high intensity with both sides enjoying plenty of the ball in attacking areas, however, it was not long before the hosts took a hold of the game. Aleksandr Golovin was presented with the first opening of the game but his 11th minute snapshot was blocked behind for a…

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