For the first time, the most popular sporting event in the world is aimed at Russia, and the hosts started their campaign with a perfect start with an impressive 5-0 victory over the perennial Cup. Easy defeat to Saudi Arabia.
Goes as the biggest victory on the opening day since 1934.
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Two goals to replace Denis Cheryshev, including an inceredible off the initial stunner, as well as an outstanding performance by young star Aleksandr Golovin led the massive victory.
After Robbie Williams rocked the crowd at a welcome opening ceremony, Stanislav Cherchesov's men entertained with a dominant performance on the field.
It took them only 12 minutes to break the deadlock and put the crowd on their feet. Surprisingly, it was Yury Gazinsky who found the net – picking the perfect moment to score his first international goal – moving up to last place after an excellent move by the young Golovin gun.
The 22-year-old was promoted as a potential star of this tournament, and his elegant ball for the first match showed precisely why.
It was the first of two outstanding assists, which preceded an outstanding free-kick goal, as the CSKA Moscow star was announced at the biggest stadium.
But the joy of the home team quickly turned into despair, as they lost star Alan Dzagoev after only 24 minutes of a serious injury to the femoral biceps.
The midfielder left the park devastated, after pulling caught with the left leg.
The scope of the complaint is unclear, with abundant fears that it could be bypassed for the most part, if not the entire tournament.
A tearful Dzagoev gave way to Denis Cheryshev, and he did not. Ke longs for the substitute to make its mark on the proceedings: find the network and make history in the process.
The winger, who is in the books of Real Madrid, jumped twice before the break, becoming the first man in history to score in a World Cup opening game after leaving the bench.
Cheryshev took his chance by staying calm to incisively jump a challenge inside the box, before making a big effort in the upper corner.
As he walked away at a celebration, it was pretty clear that the unfortunate Saudis were in big trouble.
The men in green never settled into the game, delivering the ball over and over again while allowing the Russians to lead the game and throw their weight forward.
It was not much better for Juan Antonio Pizzi's team in the second half, as the Russians continued to direct the game.
Both coaches changed their staff as last minute, and in the 70th minute, Cherchesov called on the huge forward Artem Dzyuba when striker Fedor Smolov made his exit.
Similar to Cheryshev, the great man made his presence felt almost immediately.
A minute after entering the fray, Golovin found Dzyuba in the back post and made no mistake: to go with skill to the net to extend the lead to three insurmountable.
The work was done, and the hosts scored three points in football for the first time since 2002..
But they did not stop there, refusing to take their foot off the accelerator while they accumulated even more pain on the crazy visitors.
Cheryshev turned it on once more with only a few minutes left on the clock, catching a bold one off the starter kick, simply with his mouth open. It was reminiscent of the effort of Andrew Nabbout who was rewarded with the A-League goal of the season, when the great man hit hard to record his second game.
It seemed to have been the icing on the cake of an enormous victory, which was until Golovin got a great effort of his own. With only a few seconds, the young man accelerated a free kick out of the box, before bending a powerful effort home to finish a surprising result of 5-0.
Two assists and a goal for rising star Golovin – an undoubted to watch as this tournament progresses, and the perfect start of a World Cup at home.
But perhaps the most important thing is that the World Cup is back and for Australian football fans that means a month without sleep or more accurately the return of their favorite football party in a whirlwind of soccer fanfare.
If this was something to go through, we have 63 games of pure emotion to come.
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