World Cup 2018 host, Russia, started their tournament in the best possible fashion as they hammered their opponent, Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Moscow.
Playing under the strong home support, Stanislav Cherchesov’s team immediately try to control proceedings, putting on an aggressive attacking display straight from kick off.
That positive approach worked wonders as they found themselves taking a 1-0 goal lead after just 12 minutes through Yury Gazinsky’s close range header.
Gazinsky’s opener simply opened up the game as it forced Saudi Arabia to play more offensive and adventurous, while leaving ups some space at the back.
Those defensive leaks were taken as advantage for the home team as they got themselves a second goal through Denis Cheryshev’s close range effort.
After the break, Saudi tried to put on a more aggressive performance, causing a bit of problems for the home side, which found themselves in such pressure early in that second half.
However, Russia were able to handle that pressure and basically sealed that tie when Artem Dzyuba’s scored from a close range header midway into the second period.
That third goal simply killed off any fights from Saudi as they ended conceding two more goals, one from Cheryshev, who completed his brace, before Aleksandr Golovin completed the rout with his free kick effort.
Although the final score makes it like Russia were super dominant, but they do have some problems they should improve before heading into their next two games, that should be more difficult on paper.