Russian Federation crush Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Russian Federation crush Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Russian Federation crush Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

The other standout performer for Russian Federation was Denis Cheryshev, who scored twice, with the second a wonderful shot with the outside of his left boot that arced over the head of the Saudi Arabia goalkeeper, Abdullah al-Mayouf, and into the top corner. He later curled in a shot with the outside of his foot for Russia's fourth goal in the 91st minute. "I've chose to stay", Griezmann said in the more than half-hour broadcast titled "The Decision" and aired on Spanish network Movistar on Thursday.

After Cheryshev's first goal, Artyom Dzyuba made an instant impact off the bench to make it 3-0 in the 71st with a header from Golovin's cross.

Putin has made no secret about his desire for success in worldwide sports, especially at the Olympics.

The mere fact of any home-grown player getting attention from overseas after years in which Russians have failed to tempt Europe's best clubs has sparked a local media frenzy as their World Cup gets under way and fans start to hope the national team may avoid the embarrassment many have long feared.

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Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, will invest $100 mln in the construction of Tushino, Russia's largest technological park, the Russian Direct Investment Fund also added.

Egypt are making their first World Cup appearance since 1990 when they suffered a first-round exit after draws with Netherlands and Ireland and a loss to England.

In its next game, Saudi Arabia is facing Uruguay in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on June 20. "He replied and said he was happy for me for mine the other day", said Cheryshev, whose second strike in the opening game, like Nacho's, will surely be among the candidates for the best goal of the tournament.

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