BSP-39 Host nation Russia thrash Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

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Host nation Russia thrash Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

MOSCOW, June 14, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Host nation Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup to start their tournament in style in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.

Iury Gazinsky opened the scoring with a header after 12 minutes, Denis Cheryshev added a second before Artem Dzyuba got the third in the 71st minute.

Cheryshev added a fourth with a superb finish before Golovin curled in a superb free-kick in injury time as President Vladimir Putin watched on in delight.

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