Saudi fans flock to World Cup Tents

Ross Houston
June 16, 2018

But on Friday morning, the nation was in jovial mood with declaring the team 'played like Atletico Madrid'.

The final match Saudi Arabia will be playing in Group A, and probably the very last match of the World Cup 2018 for them will see them playing against Egypt, and that match is all scheduled to kick off on the 25 of June.

There was no sense of foul play at hand as Russian Federation made a gallant start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and demolished a poor Saudi Arabia side 5-0 to begin the tournament by shooting to the top of Group A.

Earlier, British pop star Robbie Williams caused a stir during his performance at the opening ceremony by making an obscene gesture to a camera.

"As for today's match between our countries' national football teams - may the best team win". But with the five goals against the Saudis, a draw could be enough against either of their two remaining opponents.

While the mood is dark in the Saudi Arabia camp, it could not be brighter for the hosts.

Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored twice - the first after a piece of skill that would have graced a Lionel Messi highlights reel - and the second a superb shot in stoppage time.

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

Golovin bagged two assists and scored a stunning 94th-minute free kick and Arsenal fans were demanding that Unai Emery's revives the club's interest in the youngster.

"For me the most important thing is to emphasise what the team did against one of the favourites to win this World Cup".

Dzagoev pulled up with an injury midway through the first half and was substituted in the 24th minute.

Participants of the 6th Gazprom Football For Friendship (F4F) International Programme were also able to witness the opening day of this year's World Cup.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was in Moscow to watch the game as part of his punditry role with Russian broadcaster RT.

Neymar, the world's most expensive player, has recovered from a broken bone in his foot in time for the tournament.

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