Denis Cheryshev scored his first Russia objectives as the World Cup has dismissed Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium.
Denis Cheryshev scored a prop and Aleksandr Golovin featured as Russia commenced their first home World Cup with a wild 5-0 Group A prevail upon a dull Saudi Arabia side in Moscow.
Yuri Gazinskiy and Cheryshev struck first-half objectives to open their worldwide records at Luzhniki Stadium, Artem Dzyuba including a third 89 seconds after his presentation as a second-half substitution, however damage to star man Alan Dzagoev will cause worry for Russia.
Dzagoev hurt his hamstring in the opening time frame and could be an uncertainty for whatever remains of the competition, contingent upon the consequences of an output.
Gazinskiy headed in Golovin's cross to score the main objective of the 2018 occasion, with Dzagoev's substitution Cheryshev lashing in the second prior to the interim.
Russia began the World Cup as the most minimal positioned group in the competition however the hosts were a class above Saudi Arabia, Dzyuba's header extending the lead in the 71st moment.
Cheryshev indicated he could be the man to fill Dzagoev's shoes with awesome damage time objective, finding the best corner with a wonderful shot with the outside of his left boot, before Golovin bowed in a splendid free-kick to complete the match in style.
Juan Antonio Pizzi's men attempted to make a possibility of note, neglected to record a shot on target and gave away ownership on innumerable events, empowering Russia to record their first World Cup win since 2002.
90+4' GOAL!!!!!! 5-0!!!!!! GOLOVIN GETS A DESERVED GOAL!!! Russia compounds Saudi Arabia's agony as the winger curls a fine strike from the free-kick. Golovin lifted his effort over the wall and it had the perfect amount of bend on it to drift inside the post before nestling into the back of the net.
90+1' GOAL!!!! RUSSIA HAVE FOUR!!!! CHERYSHEV SCORES A STUNNER!! The winger ends the game on the highest of notes with a screamer into the top corner. Dzyuba won the knockdown in the final third. Cheryshev collected on the edge of the box and took a touch before firing at goal with the outside of his boot. His effort flew over Al-Mayoof into the top corner of the net. A stunning goal, which caps a brilliant performance off the bench.
12' GOAL!!!!!!! 1-0!!!! GAZINSKIY PUTS RUSSIA AHEAD! We have the first goal at the 2018 World Cup as Gazinskiy directs his header beyond the reach of Al-Mayoof. Saudi Arabia failed to clear the corner from the home side. Golovin directed a cross to the back post for Gazinskiy to rise above his man and place his header into the bottom corner. A fine finish from the midfielder.
43' GOAL!!!! CHERYSHEV DOUBLES RUSSIA'S LEAD!! The host nation is in command of the game as Saudi Arabia have stretched at the back before Cheryshev plants a finish past Al-Mayoof. Russia broke with speed down the right before working the ball across to the left flank. Two defenders flung themselves towards the Villarreal midfielder, but he kept his composure with a neat piece of skill. Then with his left foot, he fired the ball high into the net to double his side's advantage.
71' GOAL 3-0!!!!!! DZYUBA MAKES IT THREE FOR THE HOST NATION!! The forward peels off the back of Omar Hawsawi in the box and guides his header into the bottom right corner. Saudi Arabia is opened up easily at the back, allowing Golovin to float across from the right flank towards the middle. Dzyuba makes the move to beat the attention of the Saudi defender before placing his effort past Al-Mayoof.
Saudi Arabia subs:
Mansour Al-Harbi, Ali Albulayhi, Hattan Bahebri, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Mohammed Kanno, Abdullah Al Khaibari, Hussain Al-Mogahwi, Fahad Al Muwallad, Mohannad Aseri, Yasser Al-Mosailem, Mohammed Al Owais, Motaz Hawsawi.
Saudi Arabia (4-1-4-1):
Saudi Arabia (4-1-4-1):
Abdullah Al-Mayoof; Mohammed Al-Burayk, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Yasir Al-Shahrani; Abdullah Ateef; Salem Al Dawsari, Salman Al Faraj, Taiseer Al Jassam, Yahya Al-Shehri; Mohammed Al Sahlawi.
Andrey Semenov, Denis Cheryshev, Daler Kuzyaev, Andrey Lunev, Fedor Kudryashov, Vladimir Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Vladimir Gabulov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Artem Dzyuba, Igor Smolnikov.
Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Yuri Gazinskiy, Roman Zobnin; Aleksandr Samedov, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Golovin; Fedor Smolov.