On the opening of the world cup 2018 Russia (the host nation) Kick-off against Saudi Arabia on Thursday 14th June.

Substitute Denis Cheryshev powered Russia to a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia here Thursday in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup, the host nation’s first international victory since Oct. 7.

The result was exactly what Russia needed amid concerns they would struggle to get out of the group stage.

Saudi Arabia’s strategy of trying to control the ball did not work out.

Russia, without putting in an extraordinary performance, led 2-0 by half-time on the strength of Yuri Gazinsky’s goal in the 12th minute and the first of Cheryshev’s brace in the 43rd.

Cheryshev entered the match at the 24-minute mark, replacing the injured Alan Dzagoev.

Things went from bad to worse for the Saudis in the second half as Aleksandr Golovin sent a ball into the box, where Artem Dzyuba made the most of it, notching a third goal in the 71st minute.

Cheryshev scored his second goal in the 91st and Golovin made it 5-0 in the 92nd, converting on a direct free kick.

Russia takes an early lead in Group A, whose other two teams, Uruguay and Egypt, will face each other Friday.