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Saudi Arabia. Opinions of the coaches

Saudi Arabia. Opinions of the coaches

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 with a match between the Russian and Saudi teams, which the former won 5-0.

VERDICT: Russia win in a low-quality game. "I just took a shot and scored".

While no one in their right mind considered Saudi Arabia to be contenders for the trophy, Ezzat says the performance in Moscow fell well below expectation and named three players facing a "penalty" for their poor performance.

In response, the Saudi Crown Prince said: "Today, the historic agreement on OPEC+ is now in place". Putin then reached over to shake the prince's hand.

"I have grown up loving football, my brothers and father love it too", she said.

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"I couldn't have imagined a day like this in my wildest dreams".

After Cheryshev's first goal, Artyom Dzyuba made an instant impact off the bench to make it 3-0 in the 71st with a header from Golovin's cross.

And the Saudi goalkeeper was beaten again in the fourth minute of stoppage-time, Golovin adding to his two assists with a curling free-kick that left brought the home fans to their feet once again.

The opening ceremony included a mini-concert by British pop star Robbie Williams, who performed "Let Me Entertain You".

"Attempts at a boycott were doomed from the start", Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, a close Putin ally and long-time sports minister - himself banned from the Olympics - told Izvestiya newspaper. But high points for Russian athletes have been rare since the country's image was tarnished by doping, with numerous Olympic medals stripped for drug use.

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Saudi Arabia rarely threatened.

The Saudi Arabia squad lines up just before the kick-off of the openning match of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

About half an hour into the first half, Russia's scoring midfielder Alan Dzagoyev boosted off for an offensive rush on the goal of the opponents, but fell down, obviously pulling a muscle.

On the day of the curtainraiser, Russian Federation freed the main opposition figure to Putin, Alexei Navalny, from jail after he served a 30-day sentence for organising an illegal protest.

The goals were Cheryshev's first in 12 appearances for his country. Spain has the most Real Madrid players on their roster (5). Golovin is a playmaker, he's a player that gives the dynamic of the team.

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