Let the games begin! Hosts Russia is set to take to the field with Saudi Arabia for the opening match at Luzhniki Stadium for the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup. The competition will be played in 12 stadiums, across 11 cities, spread over 1,800 miles.Also Read - FIFA World Cup 2022 Organisers Hoping For More Indian Eyeballs Than Previous Edition

Russia competition history:
World Cup appearancesFour
Best finishGroup stage in all three.
Last Participation in World Cup: 2014, finishing 24th. Also Read - Pele Backs Kylian Mbappe to Become Best Player of His Generation, Says French Forward Can Emulate His Tally of 1000 Goals

ALSO READ: LIVE: Russia vs Saudi Arabia, FIFA World Cup 2018 Score Card Also Read - Manchester City Striker Gabriel Jesus Reflects on His Dipped Form Following World Cup Campaign

Saudi Arabia Competition history:
World Cup appearances: Five
Best finish: Round fo 16 in 1994
Last Participation in World Cup: 2006

Should Russia qualify from group A, where they face Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay, It will be their first ever qualification to the knock-outs stage. The hosts are the most lowly ranked team out of the 32 participating teams but that will not deter the Russians from going all out in the tournament.

Two brilliant goals from Russia puts them ahead!

Live Updates

  • 10:27 PM IST

    FULL TIME! Its Russia 5, yes 5!! Saudi Arabia nil!

  • 10:26 PM IST

    GOAAAAL! 5- 0 , ITS THAT MAN GOLOVIN!! 2 assists and a superb free kick , the Russians have re-written history here! the Arabians will need to recover from this. beautiful curler, peach of a free-kick from the Golovin!

  • 10:22 PM IST

    90+2′: GOAAAAL!!! 4-0 , Its Cheryshev with a stunner! This is a beautiful goal from the Vollareal winger from the outside of the foot straight into to the top corner, no keeper in the world would have saved that. Sensational stuff from the Russians!

  • 10:15 PM IST

    83′ Mohammed Asiri, the 31 year old comes on for Alshehri for Saudis

  • 10:10 PM IST

    79′Russia continue to threaten down the right flank and they win a free-kick that Golovin will take. His deliveries have been pinpoint today.

  • 10:03 PM IST

    72′: Goal!! Its 3-0 to Russia! Its the super sub! Artem Dzyuba! He becomes the first player to score off the bench.

  • 10:02 PM IST

    70Substitution Fyodor Smolov Artem Dzyuba

  • 9:49 PM IST

    57‘ Taiser takes the free-kick, but could quite get the elevation he needed. The move was flagged offside too!

  • 9:47 PM IST

    54′: Samedov releases Cheryshev on the flanks, but the former Real Madrid winger fails to pick out Smolov! good chance for Russia. They are not done yet!

  • 9:40 PM IST

    46′: The second half begins! The Russians had a great first half and will look to capitalize and defend carefully! is there a way back for the Arabs?