World Cup 2018 Group A opener: Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia - as it happened

Published on: 14 June 2018

Host nation Russia made a fine start to their 2018 Fifa World Cup campaign as they walloped an awful Saudi Arabia side 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Villarreal star Denis Cheryshev scored a brace as a goal each from Yuri Gazinski Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin helped Russia to their biggest victory in World Cup history.