Putin and Russian Federation get their 1st win at the World Cup

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"Several players will face a penalty - goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf, striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi and defender Omar Hawsawi", he added. He later chipped the ball in for Russia's fourth goal in stoppage time. "I've chose to stay", Griezmann said in the more than half-hour broadcast titled "The Decision" and aired on Spanish network Movistar on Thursday.

They scored their third goal of the game through Artem Dzyuba - who scored a trademark headed goal using his power and height from a cross from the right by Golovin.

Putin has made no secret about his desire for success in global sports, especially at the Olympics.

Despite the fact that Russian Federation had a woeful run of form ahead of the World Cup while Saudi earned a respectable 2-1 loss to Germany last week, it was the home team that trumped a completely scattered Saudi Arabian team.

Saudi Arabia's route to the knockout round is much more hard.

Speaking ahead of his performance, Williams told ITV that it was a "pinch me moment" getting the opportunity to open the World Cup as an avid football fan. The Russians embarked on a goalscoring frenzy during a second half in which Budweiser Man of the Match Cheryshev staked an early claim for goal of the tournament.

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Saudi Arabia's next Group A encounter is against Uruguay in Rostov on June 20. Egypt and Uruguay play Friday in Yekaterinburg.

Cheryshev had started on the bench but was introduced after 24 minutes when Alan Dzagoev pulled up abruptly with a hamstring injury during yet another Russian breakaway.

Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzi: "We were not doing what we wanted to do".

The big win, after a series of seven games without success in the run-up, was a morale-booster for the whole country even though the Saudis were a harmless opponent at the Luzhniki.

Cherchesov didn't object but politely pointed out that "he probably overlooked how much more disciplined, compact and mature we played" compared to previous games.

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