FIFA World Cup: Day one, live scores, results, highlights

Full time: Russia 5, Saudi Arabia 0

An absolute blowout to start the tournament – the hosts were completely dominant and the scoreline doesn't really flatter them, although it did include two goals in the last couple of minutes of play.

Just on that, those last two finishes were both sublime, particularly the fourth, which saw Denis Cheryshev grab his second of the match with a gorgeous finish.

With goal difference so important, the tournament is almost over before it's really begun for Saudi Arabia, and the Russians probably only need one more point to find a way through to the next round.


The last kick of the game is a fifth goal, and it's Golovin who gets on the scoresheet to go along with his two assists – a glorious free kick from the edge of box, and the hosts have won 5-0. What a win.


That's the cherry on top, and it's 4-0. Goodness me what a brilliant goal – it's chested down on the edge of the box by Dzyuba into the path of the Villareal winger, who uncorks a shot with the outside of his boot that flies into the top corner, past a helpless goalkeeper. What a hit.

Three minutes of added time to come..

It's still 3-0, and the hosts are off to a flyer. Saudi Arabia's tournament looks just about over already.


87 minutes gone, 3-0 Russia

Gazinskiy nearly fluffs a clearance which would have basically given the Saudis a goal, but recovers in time and the ball is cleared.

Aleksandr Golovin is then booked, the first yellow of the tournament.

83 minutes gone, 3-0 Russia

Every touch being roared now by the fans as the Russians continue to keep their foot on the gas and push forward for another goal – Kuzyaev tries a shot from a long way out but it's miles over.

Mohammed Al-Sahlawi comes off for Mohanad Asiri in what is the final change of the contest.

76 minutes gone, 3-0 Russia

Roman Zobnin heads over from a set piece as Golovin was eyeing off a third assist. His delivery from out wide has been truly superb tonight as we look set for the home nation to enjoy a huge win – barring the most outrageous of miracle comebacks.


A thumping header from Dzyuba, just on the pitch – it was a lovely cross from the right from Aleksandr Golovin, who grabs his second assist of the match. This is a carve up!


68 minutes gone, 2-0 Russia

Nearly a third goal – the shot from just inside the box is spilled by the keeper before being hacked clear. Russia are completely in charge – how on earth did this Saudi team finish ahead of Australia in qualifying?

Artem Dzyuba comes on for Russia's final change as Fedor Smolov makes way.

63 minutes gone, 2-0 Russia

Fahad Al-Muwallad, who scored that decisive goal against Japan that sent the Saudis to the World Cup, is on for Abdullah Otayf.

Russia also make a change, Aleksandr Samedov off for Daler Kuzyaev.

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