Russian Federation routs Saudi in World Cup opener

Vladimir Putin thanked FIFA for being

Vladimir Putin thanked FIFA for being"one big team ahead of the World Cup

Robbie Williams performs during the opening ceremony prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018, in Moscow, Russia.

But, after taking a congratulating phone-call from the nation's president Vladimir Putin, Cherchesov pointed out that nothing is achieved yet, citing the experience from last year's Confederations Cup where Russian Federation went out after a first win against New Zealand by losing the other group matches to Portugal and Mexico.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup started with a bang with Russian Federation pummelling Saudi Arabia 5-0.

It also helps if you are facing a team who have now lost eight and drawn two of their last 10 World Cup matches, whose defending fell painfully short of World Cup standard and whose attack was non-existent. The Crown Prince will also meet with Putin during his visit.

It was the host nation's first World Cup win since 2002, and it raises the hope that Russian Federation can get past the group stage for the first time since the Soviet era.

The Villareal player - one of only three members of Russia's squad to play overseas - left two defenders, Omar Hawsawi and Mohammed Alburayk, sprawled on the floor as he cut inside and struck at the near post before halftime for his first global goal.

After Cheryshev's first goal, Artyom Dzyuba made an instant impact off the bench to make it 3-0 in the 71st with a header from Golovin's cross.

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Cheryshev completed a brace with a chip shot in the added time before Golovin turned into a scorer right at the death, closing their rousing debut with a curling free kick. There's a long way to go yet, but Russian Federation took a big step toward avoiding a group-stage exit.

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Given the concern prior to the tournament about the quality of the Russian team, ranked 70th in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, the result came as something of a relief.

Russia's fans, forced to suffer years of poor performances in friendlies that left their team an embarrassing 70th in the world rankings will not care about the quality of the opponents. They face Egypt on June 19 and Uruguay six days later.

Saudi Arabia's route to the knockout round is much more hard.

Things won't get any easier for them either, with games against Luis Suarez's Uruguay and Mohamed Salah's Egypt to follow. Spain has the most Real Madrid players on their roster (5). "The opposing team did not have to make a huge effort to win". "We did not show today what we have done in our previous games", Pizzi said.

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