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Friday, June 15, 2018

Super subs seal dream start for hosts

Hosts Russia could not have wished for a better start to their own FIFA World Cup™ following their resounding 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. Iury Gazinsky scored the first goal of Russia 2018 with a firmly-placed header, before substitute Denis Cheryshev - who replaced the injured Alan Dzagoev - scored the second before the break. Artem Dzyuba's goal came mere moments after being introduced before Cheryshev's stunner and Aleksandr Golovin's free kick sealed the victory.

Budweiser Man of the Match
The quality of Denis Cheryshev's double, particularly the timeliness of his first goal just before half-time, earned the hosts’ early substitute Budweiser Man of the Match honours.


The stat
2 -
 Only two players have scored as a substitute in the Opening Match of the World Cup, and both did so during this match. Denis Cheryshev scored twice, sandwiching Artem Dzyuba'sgoal with his first touch, less than a minute after coming on.


What’s next
Russia v Egypt – Group A, 19 June, St Petersburg
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia – Group A, 20 June, Rostov-on-Don



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