Festival of goals at Russia's World Cup opening ceremony

Festival of goals at Russia's World Cup opening ceremony

Cheryshev added a fourth with a superb finish before Golovin curled in a superb free-kick in injury time as President Vladimir Putin watched on in delight.

Russia's midfielder Denis Cheryshev celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018.

Assisted by Russian midfielder Alexander Golovin, his teammate Yury Gazinsky put a header into the left upper corner of the net behind Saudi Arabian goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf to put the score at 1-0.

Denis Cheryshev showed great skill of his own to double the hosts' lead just before half time with a left-footed piledriver, and Artem Dzyuba headed Russia's third in the 71st minute - 89 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

Saudi Arabia's next Group A encounter is against Uruguay in Rostov on June 20.

Inspired by the home crowd in the opening match of the World Cup, Russia ended a 16-year wait for victory.

One concern for Russian Federation is that creative midfielder Alan Dzagoev picked up a suspected hamstring injury, but that was what allowed Cheryshev to come off the bench and change the game.

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President Vladimir Putin has spent six years and more than $11 billion preparing almost a dozen Russian cities to host the soccer World Cup, the biggest such event the country's held since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Saudi Arabia were made to pay again for their defensive frailties when Russian Federation extended their lead through a headed goal by Artem Dzyuba in the 71st minute.

Stanislav Cherchesov's side did not let Dzagoev's injury affect them and they scored the second goal their enterprising play deserved three minutes before the break.

"Raising Russia's brand value with a welcoming, peaceful, and fun sporting event" may help provide a longer lasting effect from hosting the World Cup, analysts at UBS Group AG said in a report in May.

Women in Saudi Arabia were allowed to attend soccer matches for the first time this year, as the deeply conservative Muslim country takes steps to ease some restrictions on them.

Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi had earlier said that Saudi Arabia would play without fear on Thursday.

Our Won Jung-hwan is standing by for us near the stadium for the opening match in Moscow.

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