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After Russia scored the first goal of the tournament, president Vladimir Putin gave Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman a shrug and a handshake that was captured by cameras.

The result equalled the best-ever in a World Cup opening game - Brazil beat Mexico 5-0 in Geneva in 1954 - as Russian Federation took full advantage of a Saudi team who's defending fell painfully short of World Cup standard, while their attack was non-existent.

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MOSCOW-Finally let loose after a year-long diet of worldwide friendlies, hosts Russian Federation roared their World Cup intent to the rafters on Thursday with a 5-0 tournament-opening win over Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf is beaten by a free kick from Russia's Alexander Golovin in extra-time of their World Cup opener.

Having come into the game with no wins in seven matches, Russian Federation will now face Egypt and Uruguay without undue worries about goal difference, while Saudi Arabia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi will hope not to repeat the fate of Carlos Alberto Parreira, fired by the same team after two matches in France 98.

Ranked 70th, Russian Federation made the most of their relatively weak Group that comprises of Uruguay and Egypt other than Saudi Arabia and home support to set the ball rolling.

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The hosts did better in the 43rd on another fast move, with the ball eventually falling to Cheryshev who rounded two defenders and smashed into the net at the near left post.

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

Earlier, British pop star Robbie Williams caused a stir during his performance at the opening ceremony by making an obscene gesture to a camera.

Russian Federation meet Egypt in their next match on Jun 19 in Saint Petersburg, while Saudi Arabia will look to rebound against group favourites Rostov-on-Don a day later. The win comes as a huge boost to the side who will face a comparatively tougher test when they meet Egypt on Tuesday and Uruguay later. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq all voted against the Moroccan bid.

Dzagoev pulled up with an injury midway through the first half and was substituted in the 24th minute.

Saudi Arabia sent some players to the Spanish league for experience this season but they didn't get much playing time while there.

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