World Cup Host Nation Kick off in Style

World Cup Host Nation Kick off in Style

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World Cup host nation Russia sparked up the Tournament with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Latest Sports News reports..

 

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Cheryshev: “There are no words to express what I’m feeling right now. I’m happy we won and happy I could help my team,” said Cheryshev.

 

“I could never have dreamed of anything like this. I felt very happy when I knew I would be here in the squad but I never dreamed of anything like this.”

 

Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi: “The opposing team really didn’t have to make a huge effort to win this game.

 

“We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match.”

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  • Russia (5-0) recorded the second biggest victory ever by a host nation in their opening match at a World Cup tournament, after Italy vs USA in 1934 (7-1).
  • Russia scored more than twice the amount of goals in this game (5) than they did in the entire 2014 World Cup finals over three games (2).
  • Saudi Arabia have not won any of their last 11 games at the World Cup (W0 D2 L9). Their last win in the competition dates back to the group stages of the 1994 edition (1-0 vs Belgium).
  • In this game, Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest player to ever appear in a World Cup match for Russia/USSR (38 years & 335 days old).

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