Super-sub, Denis Cheryshev guided Russia to a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in 2018 FIFA World Cup opener.

Yury Gazinsky opened the scoring before Cherysev netted either side of an Artem Dzyuba header. Aleksandar Glovin then completed the win with a stunning free kick.

Russia shines

World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Saudi Arabia

Russia’s Denis Cheryshev scores their second goal. @Reuters REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The opening stages saw Saudi Arabia dominate before Gazinsky took advantage of a cross from Golovin and headed home in 12th minute, settling any nerves of home fans. 

Both teams then saw chances come and go despite Russia’s Alan Dzagoev having to come off injured in 24th minute with Denis Cheryshev replacing him.

19 minutes later, Cheryshev struck two minutes from the break after beating a defender before calmly stabbing it home from close range. That goal was the Russian’s first ever for his country, having made nine previous appearances without scoring. 

After the break, Saudi Arabia came out stronger but Russia eventually beat them when Dzyuba headed home from a throw in, having been on pitch for less than 90 seconds. 

From then on, Russia dominated and Cheryshev added his second after finding the ball on edge of box before slipping in and firing into goal to make it 4-0 in injury time. 

Minutes later, Taiseer Al Jassam conceded a free kick and up stepped Golovin to curl it just over the wall and into top right hand corner.

That proved to be the final piece of action before the final whistle blew. 

With Egypt meeting Uruguay in other Group A match tomorrow, Russia currently sit top but face tougher opposition next time out as they play Egypt on Tuesday evening. 

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