Russia Demolish Saudi Arabia 5-0…. It was a goal frenzy in the Group A match played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Thursday’s World Cup opener comes to a merciful end. With its 5-0 stomping of Saudi Arabia, Russia wins its first international match since October and, more importantly, earns a crucial three points in Group A, where second place behind heavily favoured Uruguay is up for grabs.
Here’s how important that is: Over the past five World Cups, 85 per cent of the teams that won their opening game went on to the knockout round.
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, takes a bleak outlook into next Wednesday’s match with Uruguay, which could make Thursday’s blowout loss look like a nailbiter. The Green Falcons were known for their possession entering the match but did little to live up to that reputation, giving the ball away at midfield to spark the Russian attack. Uruguay should feast.