Host nation Russia thrash Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener


Russia's midfielder Aleksandr Golovin (front 2nd R) celebrates his goal with teammates during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018.

MOSCOW, Russia - Host nation Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup to start their tournament in style in Moscow&39;s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.

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Lury Gazinsky opened the scoring with a header after 12 minutes, Denis Cheryshev added a second before Artem Dzyuba got the third in the 71st minute.

Cheryshev added a fourth with a superb finish before Golovin curled in a superb free-kick in injury time as President Vladimir Putin watched on in delight.