World Cup begins with match between Russia, Saudi Arabia

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Today marks the opening of Russia's first ever World Cup, against a team who have not competed at the tournament since 2006.

After an opening ceremony which included British pop icon Robbie Williams, it took just 12 minutes for the tournament's first goal, with Gazinsky opening his global account with a well-taken header across goal.

Soon afterwards, Russian Federation were forced into a change when midfielder Alan Dzagoev pulled up with what seemed to be a hamstring injury and was replaced by Cheryshev. He later chipped the ball in for Russia's fourth goal in stoppage time.

Cherchesov's team still has issues to address, with a distinct lack of pace likely to prove a problem against stronger opponents.

On paper, it was hard to make the case for Morocco.

Brian Bilello, president of Boston Soccer 2026, believes his recently launched nonprofit can lure World Cup action to the Greater Boston area.

In its fourth bid attempt for the World Cup, Moroccan officials criticized the North American bid in conjunction with trying to rally support for its own. This new format was introduced so that more games could be played as a whole, but the winners would still be only playing seven games.

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"England have a good group of young but experienced players".

Cheryshev showed he can fill the void to a certain extent, and there is no better way to make an impression than by scoring a goal.

Perhaps the hosts aren't quite as bad as has been feared.

Liverpool visit Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on the weekend before the third round of fixtures in Europe's premier club competition, scheduled for October 23 or October 24.

Saudi Arabia will take the field on Thursday as lengthy +800 underdogs. Every four years, hundreds of players from across the globe descend on a country hoping to take home World Cup gold (but not solid-gold, more on that later).

Saudi Arabia were under increasing pressure and Smolov's deflected strike was clawed away by keeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf when play continued after an offside had been missed.

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