Victory in World Cup Opening Match to Be 'Basis for Future Success' - Official

© REUTERS / Maxim ShemetovSoccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 14, 2018 General view before the match
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 14, 2018 General view before the match - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW, June 15 (Sputnik) - Russia's victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match will be a "great basis" for their "future success", a member of the Russian State Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs Dmitry Svishchev said late on Thursday.

"The first match of the tournament will be a great basis for the possible future success of our players. It was evident that the [Russian] team felt the drive, but, unfortunately, the game came to its end, in other case the score could be even more lopsided," Svishchev told journalists.

READ MORE: Russia Smashes Saudi Squad 5-0 in FIFA World Cup Opener

Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the first match of the tournament at Moscow's 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium. They will face Egypt in St. Petersburg on June 19 and Uruguay on June 25 in their remaining group stage games.

The World Cup will continue through July 15, with a total of 64 matches set to be played at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities.

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