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World Cup 2018: Russia 5 Vs Saudi Arabia 0 [Video Highlight]

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In the only previous meeting between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the Saudis claimed a 4-2 win on home soil in October 1993.

The speeches are over. Now it’s time for the national anthems.
Russian president Vladimir Putin will now officially open the tournament.
The teams are out on the pitch. It’s almost time for action.
Al Sahlawi scored 16 goals for the Green Falcons during qualifying for the tournament, which made him the joint top-scorer in the process alongside Robert Lewandowski. The forward will have his sights set on Russia’s makeshift defence and aiming to kickstart his tournament with a strong outing.
Ignashevich faces a daunting prospect today after being hauled out of retirement to start in the middle of the defence. Ruslan Kambolov’s injury has paved the way for the 38-year-old to return and alongside Kutepov, he has to provide the leadership and strength at the back to be the anchor of his team.
Back to the match at hand. Saudi Arabia are entering the tournament off the back of three-straight defeats. However, their last encounter against Germany will offer hope as they matched the world champions for large portions of the game. They lost the contest 2-1, with Taisir Al Jassam netting a late goal to send German nerves jangling.
Brazil legend Ronaldo is getting into the mix now. He’s not blasting out a beat with Robbie, but he’s here and dressed to the nines.
As we prepare for kick-off in the Luzhniki Stadium, we are experiencing the greatest hits of Robbie Williams performed by the man himself on a giant football in the middle of the pitch. Nice.
Russia are not in good form heading into the tournament. They are winless in their last seven matches, including a defeat to Austria and a draw against Turkey in their warm-up matches. It will take a special effort from Cherchesov’s men to rise to the occasion.
The pressure is on the hosts to get off to a good start to the tournament. No host nation has lost their opening game in the history of the tournament. As a result, the eyes of Russia will be on Stanislav Cherchesov and his team to pull off a fine performance to defeat Saudi Arabia this afternoon.
Saudi Arabia subs: Mansour Al-Harbi, Ali Albulayhi, Hattan Bahebri, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Mohammed Kanno, Abdullah Al Khaibari, Hussain Al-Mogahwi, Fahad Al Muwallad, Mohannad Aseri, Yasser Al-Mosailem, Mohammed Al Owais, Motaz Hawsawi.
Saudi Arabia (4-1-4-1): Abdullah Al-Mayoof; Mohammed Al-Burayk, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Yasir Al-Shahrani; Abdullah Ateef; Salem Al Dawsari, Salman Al Faraj, Taiseer Al Jassam, Yahya Al-Shehri; Mohammed Al Sahlawi.
Russia subs: Andrey Semenov, Denis Cheryshev, Daler Kuzyaev, Andrey Lunev, Fedor Kudryashov, Vladimir Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Vladimir Gabulov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Artem Dzyuba, Igor Smolnikov.
Russia (4-2-3-1): Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Yuri Gazinskiy, Roman Zobnin; Aleksandr Samedov, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Golovin; Fedor Smolov.
We will bring you the line-ups as soon as we have them.
Finally, the festival of football is here. We’ve got 64 games, 32 teams…but there can be only one winner. And the action starts today!!

Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The scene is set for the tournament opener!

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