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Russia wins world cup opener 5-0 against Saudi

Russia won the opening World Cup match against Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday in Moscow, bolstering the host country's hopes for a strong showing at home, France 24 reported.
Iury Gazinsky scored after 12 minutes and Cheryshev added a second goal before the break after coming on as an injury replacement for Alan Dzagoev.

Artem Dzuyba netted a third before late efforts from Denis Cheryshev (who scored twice) and Aleksandr Golovin wrapped up Russia's first win since October to launch their Group A campaign in style.

Thousands of Russian and foreign fans had turned out to watch the World Cup opener in a Moscow fan zone. A crowd of some 10,000 people, including many families with young children, crowded onto the hill above the stadium with giant screens set up to watch the game.
 Flag-waving supporters from all over the world let out huge cheers and chanted "Russia!" as the host team scored twice in the first half at the city's Luzhniki Stadium.
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