Russian Federation wins opening World Cup match against Saudi Arabia, 5-0

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia The bet is the under

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Russia President Vladimir Putin attended the opening ceremony of the event at the 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

With spirits high as their national team opened the World Cup in Russia Thursday, Saudi Arabian soccer fans said they would be open to the prospect of playing against Israel in the future, as Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman wished the gulf kingdom luck in the worldwide soccer tournament.

The second day of World Cup action will bring one of the most anticipated games of the opening round: Spain against Portugal in a match of two teams trying to bring the focus back to soccer.

"We brought them the best technical support, a team of the highest level and we paid them for three years".

The two nations are locked in a long-running feud over television coverage of the football tournament.

The end result was a win beyond Russia's wildest dreams as the hosts claimed their biggest World Cup victory since defeating Hungary 6-0 in 1986.

Russia, the lowest ranked team in the tournament have not won a single World Cup match since 2002.

Substitute Denis Cheryshev, who replaced Alan Dzagoev, doubled the lead for Russian Federation two minutes before the break with a cracking strike at the near post, 2-0.

The calls to keep politics out of sport come after the Argentinian team pulled out of the highly anticipated soccer match against Israel last week under Palestinian pressure and threats to the players after the match was moved from Haifa to Jerusalem.

Thousands of Russian and foreign fans had turned out to watch the World Cup opener in a Moscow fan zone.

Indian TV broadcast rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are exclusively held by the Sony ESPN network, whereas the online streaming rights are held by Sony LIV.

Diplomatic tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia have spilled into football after FIFA intervened in a row over the illegal broadcasting of the World Cup.

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