Saudi Coach Pizzi: We Must Change Tactics After Russia Defeat

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Putin said he hoped fans, players and officials enjoy their stay in Russian Federation during the World Cup, reports Xinhua news agency.

The World Cup kicked off in Russia Thursday as the host nation took on Saudi Arabia in front of 80,000 people in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declared the tournament open.

It was a goal that prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn to the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, seated alongside Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino, and shake his hand.

The opening goal came soon after, as Saudi Arabia failed to clear a corner and a curling cross in from the left by Golovin picked out an unmarked Gazinsky to head low into the far corner.

Taking this into account, and the fact that Russian Federation are expected to come away with the win, Cheryshev looks a good bet at 7/2 to score anytime in this match.

His potential move to Juventus stirred excitement at home this week after years in which Europe's best clubs have lost nearly all interest in Russian talent.

It would get better in stoppage time as Cheryshev scored a stunner with the outside of his left foot, then Golovin curled home a handsome free kick to make it 5-0. Egypt and Uruguay play on Friday (Saturday NZT) in Yekaterinburg.

'Football is truly loved here and it is called love at first sight, since our first official match here in 1897, ' Putin said moments before the tournament's first match.

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Russian Federation made it 3-0 in the 71st minute when Golovin chipped in a cross for giant striker Dzyuba to rise and head in from close range. The CSKA Moscow playmaker was fantastic through, laying on two assists with pinpoint crosses either side of half time.

After Russia scored the first goal of the tournament, president Vladimir Putin gave Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman a shrug and a handshake that was captured by cameras.

A slice of luck saw Russian Federation grab the ball and Golovin broke free before teeing upRoman Zobnin who played in Cheryshev.

Putin, newly re-elected after 18 years in power, heard British singer Robbie Williams dominate a colourful half-hour opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium with what the Kremlin listed as an array of 15 foreign leaders - although that included eight from ex-Soviet neighbours as well as two from Russian-backed breakaway regions of Georgia.

Pizzi was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified past year for the finals.

"There are so many unpredictable things in the World Cup".

- Saudi Arabia have not won any of their last 11 games at the World Cup (W0 D2 L9).

Golovin: "For us, each game is like the last".