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Cheryshev hammered in a fourth with the outside of his left in stoppage time and Golovin capped a magnificent performance by bending in a last-gasp free-kick.

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Although their opponents appeared to make a brighter start in Moscow, Yuri Gazinskiy headed home the first goal of the game (and tournament) after 12 minutes.

Twelve minutes into the match, the Saudi back line got caught out of place after a corner kick, leaving a wide-open opportunity for Russia's Yury Gazinsky to score the first goal of the tournament. Golovin added the fifth from a free kick. Russia's win was also the biggest in a World Cup opener in 84 years since Italy's 7-1 over the United States in 1934. But that's not the case with Russian Federation, whose two remaining games are against group favorites Uruguay and Egypt.

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In a World Cup first, the video assistant referee system was available for the match between the tournament's lowest-ranked teams, though it wasn't used for an official review.

Saudi briefly threatened early in the second half when an inviting cross in from the right skipped just beyond the reach of Taiseer Al-Jassam.




Half an hour in the closing half both teams made replacements with Saudi Arabia switching Abdullah Otayf for Fahad Almuwallad and Russian Federation replaced Alexander Samedov with Daler Kuziaev.

Artyom Dzyuba made an instant impact off the bench to make it 3-0 in the 71st with a header off Golovin's cross.

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Many spoke of their disappointment at Russia's resounding victory - but others looked forward to the team's upcoming games against Uruguay and Egypt.

Victory for Russian Federation, ranked a lowly 70th in the world - three places below Saudi Arabia - was vital for the home nation's hopes of progressing, with tougher games against Egypt and Uruguay to come.

The 47-year-old coach said that the hosts may find it tough to progress to the knockout stage as they will face tough competition from group rivals Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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