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Russia lead 2-0 at half-time of World Cup opener

AFP     14th June, 2018 10:16:15 printer

Russia lead 2-0 at half-time of World Cup opener

Host nation Russia were in control at half-time against Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup on Thursday after taking a 2-0 lead.

 

After President Vladimir Putin declared the tournament open at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, Iury Gazinsky scored the first goal of the tournament with a 12th minute header from Aleksandr Golovin's cross.

 

Russia suffered a blow when Alan Dzagoev had to leave the field with what appeared to be a pulled hamstring.

 

With the Saudi team increasingly stretched by Russia's attacking play, Dzagoev's replacement Denis Cheryshev smashed home a shot from short range two minutes before half-time.


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