FIFA World Cup, Russia vs Saudi Arabia Live Scores: Russia In Driver’s Seat, Lead 2-0 vs Saudi Arabia

Russia had 60 percent of the ball possession and had three corners to their name in comparison to Saudi Arabia’s 40 percent and two corners. At the stroke of the half-time, substitute Denis Cheryshev produced brilliant skills as he beat two defenders inside the box to double Russia’s lead. (Live Score: Russia vs Saudi Arabia)

Live Updates of 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia vs Saudi Arabia straight from Luzhniki stadium

21:50 IST: Russia in driver’s seat as they continue to make quick runs and attack the weak Saudi Arabia defence. Saudi Arabia, on the hand, still seem ineffective.

21:42 IST: Close! Alexander Samedov takes his time and shoots the ball but misses the target by miles. It seems that Russia have picked up from where they had left in the first half. Taiseer makes a good run to reach the curling ball but fails to make connection with the ball. What an opportunity this was for Saudi Arabia. This is for the first time the Russian defence were put to work.

21:40 IST: Fedor Smolov gets a good pass and he makes the run towards the box. But the Saudi Arabian defender tackles him as he shoots the wide off the range.

21:33 IST: The second half gets underway. Russia would aim to extend their lead while Saudi Arabia will look to draw if not win.

21:20 IST: First half comes to an end. Russia lead Saudi Arabia 2-0.

21:16 IST: Two minutes of added time in the first half.

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21:14: GOAL! Denis Cheryshev double Russia’s advantage at the 43rd minute of the game. The substitute celebrate as he beats two Saudi Arabia defenders with beautiful skills, shoots and finds the back of the net from inside the box. Russia 1-0 Saudi Arabia.

21:10 IST: Five minutes to go and Saudi Arabia will look to gain control of the game. However, Russia, it seems, have other plans.

21:07 IST: Aleksandr Golovin makes a swift run from the right flank but the Saudi Arabia captain Osama Hawsawi was alert and tackles him tactfully in the side the penalty box. The Argentinian referee was placed placed and did not entertain any appeals.

21:02 IST: Free Kick — Saudi Arabia gets a free kick. The ball curled in is headed over the Russian goal.

21:59 IST: Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia get the opportunity but the ball flies over the crossbar.

21:57 IST: Saudi Arabia continue to give the ball away and Russia grab the opportunities and keep counter-attacking.

20:55 IST: SUBSTITUTION —  Alan Dzagoev is walking off the field due to a hamstring injury. Denis Cheryshev comes in place of him. It is big blow to the home team.

20:47 IST: 15 minutes have been played. Russia is keeping the possession of the ball and is continuing to attack. Saudi Arabia are looking ineffective.

20:43 IST: GOAL! Yury Gazinsky scores the opening goal of Russia World Cup 2018 in the 13th minute. Hosts Russia lead 1-0. A brilliant header from Gazinsky beats the goalkeeper easily.

20:38 IST: Russia continue to attack and put pressure on Saudi Arabia.

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20:34 IST: Russia gets the first corner of the match. Yuri Zhirkov swings the ball in towards the first post where it is cleared easily.

20:32 IST: Russia begins the attack from the word go. They pierce the Saudi Arabia defence in the second minute of the game but the defenders are alert and the ball is steered clear.

20:30 IST: And it begins! The opening match of the tournament gets underway as Nestor Pitana blows his whistle and Saudi Arabia kick off.

20:20 IST: Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes everybody to Russia and Gianni Infantino expresses gratitude to Russia ahead of the first match.

20:10 IST: Robbie Williams enthralls the crowd with his famous songs “Let me entertain you”, “Feel” and “Angels”.

20:08 IST: While we wait for the match to begin, the opening ceremony is underway. You can catch all the live updates of the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony here.

20:05 IST: We are moments away from the much-anticipated tournament opener.

20:02 IST: The playing XI for both Russia and Saudi Arabia have been announced. Let us take a look.

20:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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Russia have never made the knockout stage of a World Cup as an independent nation and are desperate to make amends this summer. Only South Africa, in 2010, have fallen at the group stage as hosts but poor form combined with a series of injuries have left Russia in disarray. Saudi Arabia are returning to the global showpiece for the first time since 2006, prompting the country’s sports authority to strike a pact to send players on loan to Spain to gain experience at the top level.


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