Russia vs Saudi Arabia 5-0 Highlights Download 14 June 2018 World Cup
Russia are not in good form heading into the tournament. They are winless in their last seven matches, including a defeat to Austria and a draw against Turkey in their warm-up matches. It will take a special effort from Cherchesov’s men to rise to the occasion.
The pressure is on the hosts to get off to a good start to the tournament.
No host nation has lost their opening game in the history of the tournament. As a result, the eyes of Russia will be on Stanislav Cherchesov and his team to pull off a fine performance to defeat Saudi Arabia this afternoon.
Saudi Arabia subs: Mansour Al-Harbi, Ali Albulayhi, Hattan Bahebri, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Mohammed Kanno, Abdullah Al Khaibari, Hussain Al-Mogahwi, Fahad Al Muwallad, Mohannad Aseri, Yasser Al-Mosailem, Mohammed Al Owais, Motaz Hawsawi.
Saudi Arabia (4-1-4-1): Abdullah Al-Mayoof; Mohammed Al-Burayk, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Yasir Al-Shahrani; Abdullah Ateef; Salem Al Dawsari, Salman Al Faraj, Taiseer Al Jassam, Yahya Al-Shehri; Mohammed Al Sahlawi.
Russia subs: Andrey Semenov, Denis Cheryshev, Daler Kuzyaev, Andrey Lunev, Fedor Kudryashov, Vladimir Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Vladimir Gabulov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Artem Dzyuba, Igor Smolnikov.
Russia (4-2-3-1): Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Yuri Gazinskiy, Roman Zobnin; Aleksandr Samedov, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Golovin; Fedor Smolov.