World Cup: Best images from Russia's opening win over Saudi Arabia

Host nation, Russia opened their tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Yuri Gazinskiy opened the scoring early, a few minutes before Alan Dzagoev was forced off with what looked like a hamstring injury. It would be his replacement, Denise Cheryshev who would double the lead just before the break. In the second half, Artem Dzyuba scored to put the game beyond the reach of the hapless Saudis. Cheryshev added another with an audacious finish using the outside of his foot in injury time. Rising star Aleksandr Golovin added a fifth to the delight of the emphatic home crowd just seconds before the final whistle.

<p>Saudi Arabia’s forward Mohammed Al-Sahlawi (L) and Russia’s defender Sergey Ignashevich compete for the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Getty Images) </p>
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Saudi Arabia’s forward Mohammed Al-Sahlawi (L) and Russia’s defender Sergey Ignashevich compete for the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Getty Images)

<p>The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Getty) </p>
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Getty)

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<p>Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates after scoring 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. (Getty Images) </p>
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Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates after scoring 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. (Getty Images)

<p>Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates after scoring 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. (Getty Images) </p>
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Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates after scoring 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. (Getty Images)

<p>Saudi Arabia’s midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim (L) and Russia’s midfielder Yury Zhirkov compete for the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Getty Images) </p>
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Saudi Arabia’s midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim (L) and Russia’s midfielder Yury Zhirkov compete for the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Getty Images)

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