As it happened: Russia had lot at stake, failing to secure a win in 7 non competitive attempts since beating Korea republic in October. The team had come under scrutiny from fans and pundits alike. They were the lowest ranked team among the 32 participating teams, but they defied the odds, beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in a stellar opening match at the FIFA World Cup 2018.
The opening match was up and running with five beautiful goals scored. Gazinsky had the honor of opening the scoring at Russia 2018 with a quality header straight to the back of the net. The assist came from Golovin. From the second phase of a corner, he fired a corner into the box from the left and Gazinsky wasted no time in heading to the bottom corner.
The second goal came from Cheryshev who brilliantly took the ball to his right foot from the left flank and fires it straight to the left bottom corner!