Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Russian Federation vs. Saudi Arabia 6/14/18, Prediction & Odds

Russian Federation vs. Saudi Arabia 6/14/18, Prediction & Odds

Hosts Russia get the 2018 World Cup underway when they host Saudi Arabia in Moscow on Thursday evening (4pm BST).

"Egypt will be a different game, city and stadium".

And on 43 minutes the Green Eagles were plucked. This was supposed to be Saudi Arabia's easiest match, and if they keep up this terrible performance, Egypt and Uruguay have a chance of scoring even more goals against them than Russian Federation did. With Russia on the counterattack and a three-on-two advantage, he picked the ball up on the inside-left channel from Fedor Smolov.

Replacing the injured Alan Dzagoev, Cherushev became the first substitute to score in an opening World Cup match.

Luckily, Cheryshev did his team-mate a favour by lifting the ball over one challenge, stepping inside another and drilling the ball past Abdullah.

It proved to be the last hurrah for the visiting nation as Dzyuba scored a header on the 71st minute to extend Russia's lead to 3-0 before Cheryshev scored another goal and Golovin stole the show with the last kick of the opening game. It was his first touch, having come on for the ineffective Smolov a minute before.

And then just as everyone was starting to make plans for the post-match party, Cheryshev popped up with his second moment of class - a attractive, dipping effort with the outside of his left foot from 20 yards out - and Golovin curled in a free-kick.

Saudi Arabia rarely threatened.

Dzyuba had played only once for Russian Federation since 2016, while Cheryshev and Gazinsky made two appearances in that time. His day could not have gone better.

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"But we very much expect - all fans and lovers of football in Russian Federation - expect the team to play with dignity, for them to show modern, interesting football, and to fight until the end".

That 2008 tournament, in which they reached the semi-finals, is something of an island of success for a nation who failed to qualify for the World Cups either side of it and made no impression in 2014 when they finished behind Belgium and Algeria.

"I have never done anything like this", Cheryshev said.

"Wherever we live, no matter what traditions we follow, we all share the love of football in one team, united by our love for this spectacular, bright, uncompromising game". Visit our Facebook page where you can send us a message or leave us a comment.

Saudi Arabia Playing XI: Al-Maiouf, Al-Breik, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani, Al-Faraj, Otayf, Al-Jassim, Al-Shehri, Al-Dawsari, Al-Sahlawi.

"We are very disappointed by the defeat", Ezzat said, according to the Al-Youm Assabaa newspaper.

Dzagoev's injury, which looked serious enough to rule him out of the rest of the tournament, forced him off and meant Cherchesov had to go back to the drawing board.

It's been 12 years since the Green Falcons participated in the World Cup and they'll have a shot against a beatable Russian squad, although being the true road team certainly doesn't help. I don't believe that the opposing team has done anything to surprise us - I think that a poor performance explains the result.

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