Russian Federation stun Saudi Arabia 5-0 in World Cup opener

Cristina Cross
June 15, 2018

/ AFP PHOTORussia's midfielder Denis Cheryshev (L) scores a goal past Saudi Arabia's goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018.

"We have to look at that (the diplomatic strains) from another viewpoint, we have to deal with it in another place and time".

On his arrival at Moscow International Airport, the Crown Prince signed an autograph on a football given by the World Cup Mascot.

Morocco's Sports Minister, Rachid Talbi Alami announced Friday, the North African nation will bid to host the World Cup-2030, following the failure of the Kingdom to get the nod to organize the World Cup in 2026.

As for where and how they'll be watching, 52 percent of 2018 FIFA World Cup fans say they're likely to watch the games at home with friends and family. Finally, Group H has Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan.

"But I think where it had the advantage was the World Cup would be more profitable in America and it is a capitalist world". El Tri has been eliminated in the round of 16 in six straight tournaments. Even 2014 had a good matchup between Brazil and Croatia.

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One group which will be determined to keep the goal tally low will be the goalkeepers, and none more so than Germany's long term number one, Manuel Neuer. Yet he probably had more shots per session at Carrington than he managed this afternoon.

Both Shilton and Barthez have 10 World Cup clean sheets apiece and, given he's kept opposition sides out seven times in his last two tournaments, it's not inconceivable for Neuer to equal this record if he's returned from injury in time.

Having lost several key players to injury before the World Cup, the loss of Dzagoev to what appeared to be a hamstring pull halfway through the first half of the opening game was merely another setback for coach Cherchesov.

Since that tournament the former Bayern Munich and Lazio striker has retired from the game.

Dalian Wanda, one of many Chinese Fifa partners, gave the young players the chance to be official World Cup Flag Bearers. "Morocco has been counting on bolstering economic and social development by embracing the World Cup", he said, noting the infrastructure investment required to host such a tournament.

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