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5 facts following Russia's 5-0 win vs Saudi Arabia

5 facts following Russia's 5-0 win vs Saudi Arabia in WC opening match

June 14, 2018 By Oscar Rojas
The first game of the competition left a few talking points for fans all over the world.

Russia's World Cup heartbreak ended as soon as they stepped into Luzhniki' Stadium today, as the hosts strolled past a weak Saudi Arabian side with a 5-0 win.

Stanislav Cherchesov's men hadn't tasted victory in any match since October 2017, and now, their chances of making it past the Group Stage look better than ever. 

What should make the hosts even happier is the fact that they managed to end a 16-year drought since their last World Cup victory.

The hosts started re-writing World Cup records right from the start, as one of their footballers established a team record and entered FIFA World Cup history by doing so.

No World Cup host in history had earned such a commanding lead in the opening match of the tournament. In fact, Russia's win had the largest goalscoring margin for a host since Italy's 7-1 win in 1934.

Denis Cheryshev may have stolen the show for Russia, but Artem Dzyuba also helped out with the third goal of the evening, which in fact was something worthy of notice.

Despite initial doubts, Russia maintained the dominance of host nations when making their debut in front of their home crowd.

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