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Russia hammers Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener | | Yoga Beauty Health
Hosts Russia got off to a perfect start as they beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. Russia took the lead early on through Yury Gazinskiy's header and doubled their lead just before the break as Denis Cheryshev slammed home after fine footwork. Artem Dzyuba jumped off the bench to nod home to make it 3-0, then two fine strikes late on from Cheryshev and then Aleksandar Golovin, who also grabbed two assists, completed the rout. Despite Saudi Arabia having plenty of possession they hardly threatened the Russian goal as the hosts momentarily went top of Group A ahead of Egypt playing Uruguay on Friday. Next up for Russia is a clash against Egypt on June 19 in Saint Petersburg. Saudi Arabia take on Uruguay on June 20 in Rostov-on-Don. Click here for live and on demand coverage of the World Cup online and via the NBC Sports App. A rapid pace to the game early on saw both teams eager to impress and Russia had the first real chance of the game as