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LIVE UPDATES: Russia Smashes Saudi Squad 5-0 in FIFA World Cup Opener

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After almost eight years of preparations, Russia for the first time in its history hosts the FIFA World Cup - one of the world's major football championships.

The host nation took on Saudi Arabia in the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital in the opening match of the tournament and marmalized the Saudi team, with a final tally of 5-0.

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The match followed the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, which was attended by leaders from 20 countries, as well as Brazilian football legend Ronaldo, opera singer Aida Garifullina and British singer Robbie Williams.

The championship will last for a month and will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Yekaterinburg, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Volgograd and Samara. Over 2.5 million World Cup tickets have been sold to fans worldwide as of June 9.

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  • 20:12

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  • 19:54

    Russia Scores Fifth Goal During Final Minutes of Match Against Saudi Arabia: 5:0

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    Russia has hit the scoreboard again during the first match of the FIFA World Cup: the fifth goal was scored on a free-kick by Alexander Golovin.

  • 19:48

    Final Five Minutes of Russia-Saudi Arabia Match - Opening Game of FIFA World Cup 2018

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  • 19:33

    Russia Scores Third Goal in Match Against Saudis: 3:0

    Artem Dzyuba shot the third goal in the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, bringing the total score to 3:0.

  • 19:19

    Putin Shakes Hands With Saudi Prince After Russian Team Scores First Goal (PHOTO)

    After the first goal, Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who were watching the game, first spread their hands and looked at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after which Putin shook hands with the prince.

  • 18:45

    Russian Team Scores Second Goal Against Saudi Arabia

    The second goal was scored by Denis Cheryshev, who replaced Alan Dzagoev after his injury.

  • 18:29

    Russian Player Alan Dzagoev Injured, Replaced in First Match With Saudis

    The 27-year-old CSKA Moscow player fell on the pitch during a Russian attack in the Luzhniki Stadium, injuring his left leg before being substituted in the 24th minute of the match. He was replaced by Denis Cheryshev.

    Former doctor of the national team Yuriy Vasilkov said that his recovery will take at least three weeks.

     

     

  • 18:14

    Russian Team Scores the First Goal in FIFA World Cup First Match With Saudi Arabia

    Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 14, 2018 Russia's Yury Gazinsky celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates
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    Russia Midfielder Gazinsky scored the first goal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the opening match of the tournament on Thursday as hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia at Moscow's 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium.

  • 18:02

    First Match of FIFA World Cup 2018 Kicks Off

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  • 17:52

    Russian President Welcomes FIFA World Cup Visitors to Moscow During His Speech at Luzhniki

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    The president noted that Moscow has done the utmost to prepare for the FIFA World Cup and to make its visitors feel the atmosphere of the festivity.

    "Regardless of where we live, what traditions we follow, we are all united by the love for football in one team: united by our love for this spectacular, brilliant, uncompromising game. That's why all the members of this team understand and feel each other well. In this unity, which is not dominated either by differences in languages, or in ideologies, or in faith, lies the great power of football, of sport in general," Putin said.

  • 17:46

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  • 17:38

    FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony Begins at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin, UK pop star Robbie Williams, Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina and former Brazil legend Ronaldo take part in the ceremony.

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup will kick off with the match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia to be played right after the ceremony. The tournament will last till July 15, with the games set to be played at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities.

     

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the opening ceremony of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Moscow. June 14, 2018.

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  • 17:31

    Stadium Crowd Cheers on the Saudi and Russian Teams

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    Look Inside Fan Zone Pavilion Outside of Luzhniki Stadium

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    Football Fan Fest in Moscow on First Day of World Cup

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    Football admirers, who haven't made it to the Luzhniki stadium to watch the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018, have gathered at the so-called Fan Fest in Moscow to watch the game and the opening ceremony.

  • 17:05

    Ex-Spain Captain Casillas, Model Vodianova Bring World Cup Trophy Onto Luzhniki's Pitch

    Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper and 2010 World Cup winner Iker Casillas and Russian model and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova brought the FIFA World Cup Trophy onto the Luzhniki Stadium's pitch in Moscow ahead of the opening game of the tournament on Thursday.

    Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will get underway at 6:00 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT) with the match between the hosts and Saudi Arabia at the 81,000-seater arena.

    Soccer Football - World Cup - Opening Ceremony - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 14, 2018 Iker Casillas and model Natalia Vodianova present the World Cup trophy before the ceremony
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  • 16:54

    Putin Makes Jokes Ahead of World Cup Kicks Off: I Can't Wish Saudi Arabia Good Luck, the Strongest Will Win

    Russian President Vladimir Putin joked that he could not wish good luck to the Saudi Arabian national football team, which will compete against the Russians at the World Cup on Thursday at the opening match in Luzhniki.

    "You know how much we appreciate you, but I think you will understand me: I can not wish success to your team today. The strongest team wins, we stand for an honest, open, beautiful sport. In any case, we will admire with you the skill and play of our athletes," Putin said at the meeting with Crown Prince of the Saudi Arabia Mohammed Ben Salman Al Saud.

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