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Russia crushesSaudi Arabia 5-0 in opening match ofworldCup today

Thursday 14/June/2018 - 07:38 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Teams of the Federal Russia and Saudi Arabia are meeting on the pitch of Luzhiniki Stadium in Moscow in the first group of the World Cup.
The Russian team scored five goals against their Saudi guests.
The Saudis Arabia fell for the oldest trick in football's book - the big lump upfront، slung on late to hold the ball up and get on one put into the mixer، which he duly did، roughly a minute after arriving، as the Daily Mail said. 
Artem Dzyuba was the lump in question; a colourful sort، well known in these parts for mocking Unai Emery when he was manager of Spartak Moscow، and later falling out with Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov. Emery ended up at Arsenal، Dzyuba on loan at Arsenal Tula، so it's fairly obvious who got the last laugh there.
Still، he was wildly popular، getting the goal that ended any fanciful thoughts of a Saudi revival. There was a neat exchange of passing between Mario Fernandes - beautiful Russian name، as the Pub Landlord might say - Roman Zobnin and most crucially Aleksandr Golovin who whipped the ball in for Dzyuba to meet with a neat header into the corner.
In injury time، the two that rewrote the record books. Denis Cheryshev got his second of the night، highlighting the gulf in class. He strolled into the area، unguarded، no-one in his path، before clipping a lovely shot into the far corner. With almost the last kick of the match، Golovin - arguably Russia's best player on the night - went one better than Brazil. This was a curling free-kick out of the reach of goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf، who by then looked like he regretted even putting in for his Russian visa.
In fact، it could have been more. The result flattered Saudi Arabia، really. They offered little، were terribly sloppy and overly intricate at the back، and a better team might even have won by a greater margin. Maybe someone will. That's the problem with first games. This looks a quite brilliant result for a Russian team low on confidence، but par against the Saudis could turn out to be two more. It is hard to see how they can shore the defence up with Salah، Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to come. Salah might score five on his own.

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