Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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It was a game that many in Russian Federation had feared could turn into an embarrassment, but rather than let their country down, Stanislav Cherchesov's team gave the World Cup a ideal start by cruising to a 5-0 victory against Saudi Arabia in Moscow.

- AFP Bolivian President Evo Morales (3L), FIFA president Gianni Infantino (C-L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (C-R) attend a gala-concert dedicated to the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament at Red Square in Moscow on June 13, 2018.

The fact that two of the world's best players, Portuguese centre-forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi have not yet won the cup for their respective countries - despite the duo dominating the handsome game virtually unopposed - has captured the minds of spectators from around the world. Russia's win was also the biggest in a World Cup opener in 84 years since Italy's 7-1 over the United States in 1934.

But they face an uphill task against Uruguay and Egypt, who are ranked much higher than Russian Federation.

Russia, the lowest ranked team in the tournament have not won a single World Cup match since 2002.

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Those fears were soon washed away, at least for the time being, as Alexander Samedov and Fedor Smolov carved out early chances only to be denied by desperate sliding blocks.

He lasted just 24 minutes of the opening game, limping off with a hamstring injury which may have tragically ended his tournament.

But his replacement, former Real Madrid winger Cheryshev, celebrated his recent recall to the national side with Russia's second goal two minutes before half-time.

The hosts did better in the 43rd on another fast move, with the ball eventually falling to Cheryshev who rounded two defenders and smashed into the net at the near left post.

The forward was soon replaced by Dzyuba, who struck nearly immediately by heading another Golovin cross beyond a helpless Muaiouf in the 71st minute.

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