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06/14/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/14/2018 12:00

Super subs seal dream start for hosts

Hosts Russia could not have wished for a better start to their own FIFA World Cup™ following their resounding 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. Iury Gazinsky scored the first goal of Russia 2018 with a firmly-placed header, before substitute Denis Cheryshev - who replaced the injured Alan Dzagoev - scored the second before the break. Artem Dzyuba's goal came mere moments after being introduced before Cheryshev's stunner and Aleksandr Golovin's free kick sealed the victory.

Team reporter analysis
Igor Borunov with Russia [Follow: Twitter]
If Stanislav Cherchesov had a dream about this game before it started, it could not have been more perfect. Gazinksy's early goal was a result of the pressure Russia applied. The hosts lost a creative influence in Dzagoev to an injury that could end up having big consequences later in the tournament, but his replacement scored an amazing goal after dribbling past three opponents. Dzyuba's uber-motivation was reflected by his swift impact, before Cheryshev and Golovin put the cherry atop the cake.

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Denis Cheryshev of Russia celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Mohammed Alsahlawi of Saudi Arabia looks on dejected during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Stanislav Cherchesov, Head Coach of Russia celebrates his sides third goal scored by Artem Dzyuba during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores his sides third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: General view of the stadium as fans celebrate the opening goal scored by Iury Gazinsky of Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Fedor Smolov of Russia controls the ball under pressure of Mohammed Alsahlawi and Abdullah Otayf of Saudi Arabia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Denis Cheryshev of Russia celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Denis Cheryshev of Russia celebrates scores his sides fourth goal of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Iury Gazinsky of Russia celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Denis Cheryshev of Russia is challenged by Yahia Alshehri of Saudi Arabia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Denis Cheryshev of Russia scores his sides second goal pass Abdullah Almuaiouf of Saudi Arabia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Juan Antonio Pizzi, Head coach of Saudi Arabia gives his team instructions during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Abdullah Almuaiouf of Saudi Arabia makes a save fromFedor Smolov of Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Alexander Samedov of Russia runs with the ball past a challenge from Abdullah Otayf of Saudi Arabia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Stanislav Cherchesov, Head Coach of Russia reacts after the opening goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Iury Gazinsky of Russia celebrates with teammates Fedor Smolov (r) and Ilya Kutepov (C) after scoring the opening goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Iury Gazinsky of Russia celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Yasir Alshahrani of Saudi Arabia speaks with his mascot prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: Igor Akinfeev of Russia fixes his gloves in the tunnel as he walks out for the second half during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Abdullah Alghazal with Saudi Arabia [Follow: Twitter]
Saudi Arabia were made to pay for their defensive mistakes, and did not provide any attacking threat save for a brief forward foray by Mohammed Al Sahlawi in the first half. Juan Antonio Pizzi's changes did little to influence the game as it ended up a humiliating defeat for the Saudis.

Budweiser Man of the Match
The quality of Denis Cheryshev's double, particularly the timeliness of his first goal just before half-time, earned the hosts' early substitute Budweiser Man of the Match honours.

The stat
2 -
Only two players have scored as a substitute in the Opening Match of the World Cup, and both did so during this match. Denis Cheryshev scored twice, sandwiching Artem Dzyuba's goal with his first touch, less than a minute after coming on.

What's next
Russia v Egypt - Group A, 19 June, St Petersburg
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia - Group A, 20 June, Rostov-on-Don

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