Russia's Cheryshev erases years of misfortune with spectacular display

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Russia's Cheryshev erases years of misfortune with spectacular display

Saudi Arabia Football Federation president Adel Ezzat has revealed that three players will be punished following their disastrous opening day defeat against hosts Russia in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

They inexplicably sacked Bert van Marwijk despite a successful campaign and then his successor Edgardo Bauza before the World Cup draw in November.

The World Cup hosts showed nerves of steel and ruthless finishing in thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament's opening match before an anxious crowd of almost 80,000 in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.

'But now we see they have limited capabilities.

After Russia scored the first goal of the tournament, cameras captured President Vladimir Putin shrugging and shaking hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Golovin: "For us, each game is like the last".

Thousands of Russian and foreign fans had turned out to watch the World Cup opener in a Moscow fan zone.

Russia's 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia was the biggest win for a host nation in a World Cup opener since 1934
Russia's 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia was the biggest win for a host nation in a World Cup opener since 1934

Just 22 years old, the midfielder is already one of Russia's greatest prospects and potentially someone they can build a future team around.

Pizzi was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified a year ago for the finals. He added: "We've done everything we could for the national team players".

"That's why he's with me!" said quick-thinking Australia coach Bert van Marwijk after being handed a radio earpiece by forward Mathew Leckie after the Dutchman had failed to understand a question in Russian.

"We were a bit anxious that Russians will be cold because we South American people are very warm".

He said his country was ready to welcome players, fans and viewers at home to an "unforgettable and vibrant tournament.the creme de la creme of football".

In order to give the event a competitive atmosphere, the General Sports Authority has provided competitions and games for children and special games for adults related to the World Cup.

While the mood is dark in the Saudi Arabia camp, it could not be brighter for the hosts.

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