• Russia Is Just One Tournament Cancellation Away From Being Crowned World Cup Champions

    5 monthes ago - By Slate

    Russia enjoyed an emphatic curtain-raising at the 2018 World Cup, beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Moscow. The home squad faced little resistance from their opponents, who approached the match with all the verve and incisiveness of 11 men simultaneously recovering from cataract operations.
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  • Watch: Putin Jokes With Crown Prince MBS As Russia Defeats Saudi Arabia During World Cup

    5 monthes ago - By Newsweek

    Russia beat Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the World Cup.
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  • Column: Putin gets luck of the draw at World Cup opener

    5 monthes ago - By National Post

    MOSCOW - When Yuri Gazinsky headed in the first goal of the 2018 World Cup, giving host Russia early joy in what developed into a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia, Russian President Vladimir Putin leaned across to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with his hand outstretched.
    No hard feelings, the presidential gesture said.
    Sandwiched in the middle, Gianni Infantino, the head of tournament organizer FIFA, looked on approvingly.
    Football, bringing the world together.
    Or so Putin and FIFA would have us believe.
    The football mismatch of the opening game Thursday, with a Saudi team so bad it...
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  • Russia's rout of Saudi Arabia doesn't mean they're any good

    Russia's rout of Saudi Arabia doesn't mean they're any good

    5 monthes ago - By New York Post

    Saudi Arabia's defensive ineptitude allowed Russia to run away with the World Cup opener.
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  • World Cup 2018: Russia destroys Saudi Arabia, Putin is super happy and more from Day 1

    5 monthes ago - By CBS Sports

    The World Cup hosts steamrolled Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament on Thursday
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  • Russia opens World Cup with 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia

    5 monthes ago - By Boston Herald

    MOSCOW - Inspired by the home crowd in the opening match of the World Cup, Russia ended a 16-year wait for victory. Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two goals Thursday to lead the host nation over Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Group A with President Vladimir Putin watching from the stands alongside FIFA president Gianni Infantino. It was Russia's first World Cup win since 2002 and ended a seven-game winless run overall - the national team's longest winless streak in 20 years.
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  • Russia opens World Cup by treating Putin, home crowd to a show in 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia

    Russia opens World Cup by treating Putin, home crowd to a show in 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia

    5 monthes ago - By National Post

    MOSCOW - Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two goals to lead host Russia over Saudi Arabia 5-0 Thursday in the opening match of the World Cup.
    With President Vladimir Putin watching, Cheryshev chipped the ball over two Saudi defenders in the 43rd minute and shot over goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf's right side. He later chipped the ball in for Russia's fourth goal in stoppage time.
    Yuri Gazinsky initially put Russia ahead with a header from Alexander Golovin's cross in the 12th minute.
    After Cheryshev's first goal, Artyom Dzyuba made an instant impact off the bench to make it 3-0 in the...
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  • The Latest: Russia rips Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

    5 monthes ago - By Boston Herald

    MOSCOW - The Latest on the opening day of the World Cup : 8 p.m. Denis Cheryshev scored twice as Russia swept aside Saudi Arabia to open its home World Cup with a 5-0 win on Thursday. After a lavish opening ceremony and with President Vladimir Putin watching on, Yuri Gazinsky put Russia ahead with a header off Alexander Golovin's cross in the 12th minute. Substitute Cheryshev chipped the ball over two Saudi defenders in the 43rd and then fired it high to goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf's right.
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  • Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia: Aleksandr Golovin Stars as Hosts Kick Start World Cup Campaign in Style

    5 monthes ago - By SI


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  • Denis Cheryshev, Russia Open 2018 World Cup with 5-0 Thrashing of Saudi Arabia

    5 monthes ago - By Bleacher Report

    Russia kicked off the 2018 World Cup with a comfortable 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Yury Gazinsky gave the hosts the lead after 12 minutes when he headed home Aleksandr Golovin's cross...
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  • World Cup Results 2018: Group Standings and Tables After Thursday

    5 monthes ago - By Bleacher Report

    There was no sense of foul play at hand as Russia made a gallant start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and demolished a poor Saudi Arabia side 5-0 to begin the tournament by shooting to the top of Group A...
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  • Russia wins opener as super subs lead the way

    5 monthes ago - By ESPN

    A rousing victory over Saudi Arabia kicked off the World Cup with a thrill for Russia, but Alan Dzagoev's injury is a concern.
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