Saudi Arabia - World Cup - 14 June 2018

Ruben Hill
June 14, 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 Live, Russia vs Saudi Arabia Live Score: Hosts Russia have a point to prove as they host Saudi Arabia in the opener of FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday in a contest between the two lowest-ranked teams participating in the football extravaganza in Moscow.

Follow live updates from the game below.

The Russians opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Yury Gazinskiy, who powered home a header at the far post.

The host nation took a commanding 2-0 lead into the break with Saudi Arabia yet to have a shot on target. Hosts Russia will take on and Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest sporting festival explodes into life in Moscow. Substitute Cheryshev doubled the lead for the host with a calm finish from the close range.Another substitute Artem Dzyuba also found the net within seconds after coming from the bench when he headed home Aleksandr Golovin's cross.

Will Russia continue their dominance in second half or will Saudi make strong comeback. The hosts did lose Alan Dzagoev to a serious-looking injury, though. He is replaced by Denis Cheryshev for rest of the match.

GOAL! 43rd minute: Substitute Denis Cheryshev gets his name on the scoring sheet doubling his teams lead.

This week Putin had said Russian Federation - going into the tournament ranked 70th in the world, three places below Saudi Arabia - would "fight until the end", but, in this match at least, a poor Saudi Arabia proved to be obliging opponents as they gave the hosts freedom in possession and, crucially, the opposition box. Germany enters the tournament as the defending champion after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Yellow Card: Aleksandr Golovin is shown the first yellow card of the tournament.

When: Thursday, June 14 at 8 a.m.

Online: Stream live on Fox Sports Go.

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