Host nation Russia thrash Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener

WEB_PHOTO_RUSSIA_WORLD_CUP_14062018

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.

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.

WEB_PHOTO_RUSSIA_WORLD_CUP_14062018

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.

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.

READ: Russia to win first World Cup match, says clairvoyant cat

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.