There was no sense of foul play at hand as Russian Federation made a gallant start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and demolished a poor Saudi Arabia side 5-0 to begin the tournament by shooting to the top of Group A.
In a departure from what has become the norm for opening ceremonies, this year's inauguration was shorter and less flamboyant than what many would have expected, lasting some 30 minutes and featuring British pop star Robbie Williams as the celebration's highlight.
Better still, with Russians looking for the early shoots of a footballing Renaissance in a side cramped by a financially rich but poor quality domestic league, the cross that set up the tournament's opening goal came from CSKA Moscow's 22-year-old Aleksandr Golovin. Scoring two goals in the opening, Cheryshev's masterpiece put in the sure-to-be fun scramble for Golden boot. Golovin has already showcased this ability on more than one occasion and certainly did so against a comparatively toothless Saudi Arabia.
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What is irrefutable is the adoration with which he is held among the squad. Messi has been to three major finals with Argentina , losing all three.
Saudi Arabia still have two more games against Egypt and Uruguay to claw back some credibility as they will be facing a tougher task qualifying from their group.
Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup on Friday. 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.
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The president, slipping back into his pre-White House focus, began talking up North Korea's potential as an Asian holiday resort. Trump agreed to provide "security guarantees" to North Korea , and both countries agreed to renew relations and meet again.
Alan Dzagoev had been at the heart of things but had to go off after pulling a hamstring in the 23rd minute. But since it's an official app, you won't get rumors and leaks about the juicy stuff happening behind the scenes and also deeper analysis of the games and team and player performances. The hat trick was his first ever at the World Cup and matched his goal production in his first 13 games over three World Cups.
Once again I can not see Saudi Arabia having any chance of winning hat match and as such it should go the way of Egypt who probably also end up in position two of Group A if they are lucky!
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