WC2018 Grp A
Date: 4 p.m. June 14, 2018
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium

Lury Gazinsky 12' -
Scored: 12'


Denis Cheryshev 43' -
Scored: 43'


Artem Dzyuba 71' -
Scored: 71'


Denis Cheryshev 90' + 1' -
Scored: 90'


Aleksandr Golovin 90' + 3' -
Scored: 90'


Live Updates for Russia -v- Saudi Arabia

90' + 3'

Yellow Card

Taisir al-Jassim is booked for Saudi Arabia.

90' + 3'

FULL TIME!

The game has ended between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

90' + 3'

GOAL!

Wonderful free kick from Aleksandar Golovin taking the ball over the wall before dipping into the top right corner of the net. 

90' + 1'

GOAL!

WHAT A HIT. Aleksandar Golovin touching the ball down to Denis Cherysev who fired into the top left corner of the net, the world cup has arrived. 

88'

Yellow Card

Aleksandr Golovin is booked for Russia.

84'

Substitution

Muhannad Assiri replaces Mohammed al-Sahlawi for Saudi Arabia.

77'

Russian free to the right of the area Alesksabdar Golovin hits it towards the near post but Roman Zobin shoots over the bar. 

74'

Substitution

Hattan Bahebri replaces Yahya Al-Shehri for Saudi Arabia.

71'

GOAL!

56 seconds after coming onto the field as Artem Dzyuba heads into the bottom right corner of the net from Aleksandar Golovin's cross. 

70'

Substitution

Artem Dzyuba replaces Fyodor Smolov for Russia.

64'

Substitution

Fahad Al-Muwallad replaces Abdullah Otayf for Saudi Arabia.

64'

Substitution

Daler Kuzyaev replaces Aleksandr Samedov for Russia.

59'

Tasir Al Jassim swings in a free from the left which is met by the head of Salman Al Faraj but his flicked header flies over the bar. 

56'

First half chance for Saudi Arabia as Mohammad Al Sahlawi crosses towards Taisir Al Jassim at the back post but he cannot reach it and the ball goes out of play. 

52'

Fedor Samedov has a shot from 25 yards in a central position but the ball flies over the bar and into the stand. 

50'

Great ball up the line from Yuri Zhirkov up the line towards Fedor Smolov. The former Chelsea man swings in the corner but Omar Hawsawi rises clearest to head clear. 

45'

Second Half

Russia gets us back underway. 

45'

Half Time

It is half-time between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

43'

GOAL!

Denis Cherysev scores his first international goal showing real composure Aleksandar Golovin picks him out Cherysev beats two Saudi defenders who slide in before blasting into the net at the near post. 

36'

Russia break Fedor Smolov tries to beat Osama Hawsawi but Osama Hawsawi dispossess him at full stretch. The Russians look for a penalty but do not get it, great challenge from the centre back. 

31'

Free to Saudi Arabia to the right of the area which Salman Al Faraj swings into the area towards the penalty spot and Yashir Al Sharani heads over the top. 

28'

Free to Saudi Arabia just inside the Russia half taken quickly and then retain possession. Salem Al Dawsari has a wild shot from outside of the box and it flies over the top. 

24'

Substitution

Denis Cheryshev replaces Alan Dzagoev for Russia.

22'

Alan Dzagoev goes down unoppossed on the run, he appears to be holding his hamstring. Hopefully he doesn't have to come off, he has started the game well. 

21'

First corner for Saudi Arabia, a pacey break from Yashir Al Sharani. Salman Al Faraj can't beat the first man but he will have another go as Mohammad Al Sahlawi's shot is deflected clear. 

19'

Saudi Arabia trying to ball football and play out of defence but the big problem is that they can't. Russians pressing high up the pitch to great avail thus far. 

15'

Fedor Smolov's looping effort forcing Abdullah Al Muaiouf into a save. Russia having real success down the right after a neat cut back. 

12'

GOAL!

Russia win a corner Alan Dzagoev cannot get much on the shot. Yuri Zhirkov crosses it in but on the second ball it is Yuri Gazinsky who heads home Aleksandar Golovin's backpost cross into the bottom left corner of the net. 

10'

Yuri Zhirkov tries a shot on his left foot and wins a corner which he goes over to take. The corner flies over the top of everyone and Saudi Arabia break but cannot capitalise. 

7'

Fedor Smolov cuts the ball back towards Aleksandar Samedov but Yashir Al Sahrani gets across to make a brave possibly goal saving attack inside the area. 

6'

Omar Hawsawi drives forward playing the ball into Mohammad Al Sahlawi who tries a shot which is blocked. Shouts for handball turned down by the Argentine referee. 

3'

Aleksandar Golovin wins a corner for Russia who look to get in behind. Yuri Zhirkov swings it in but it's headed away at the front post. 

2'

Russia in red jerseys, white shorts and red socks. Saudi Arabia are in all green, the World Cup is missing another certain 'Bhoys in Green'. 

1'

GAME ON!

Saudi Arabia get us underway.

1'

The Referee is 6 foot 3' and a former movie star, only the best for the World Cup. 

1'

One ad from Screwfix claims Peter Crouch is a customer, never knew it. Fair play, this world cup will miss the robot. 

1'

Kick off is imminent! (Once ITV come back from their ad break...)

1'

Nine of the Russian starting team sung their anthem which was belted out around the arena. 

1'

All eleven of the Saudi Arabia team sung their anthem, World Cup's are a real beacon of national pride. 

1'

Time for the national anthems, Saudi Arabia are up first. 

1'

Now the FIFA President is speaking and addressing the crowd, starting to feel like those draws that take about five minutes but are drawn out over ten hours courtesy of one million speeches. 

1'

Vladimir Putin is currently on the screen addressing the crowd, they should have had Michael D Higgins doing this at all of the League of Ireland games he attended during his tenure, that would have been serious craic. 

1'

Odhran Crumley here in position to talk you through all the action of the first game of the 2018 Fifa World Cup. Unfortunately I am not in Moscow but bringing you the action from the far more eloquent setting of my living room sofa...swear i'm not jealous! 



Photo Gallery for Russia -v- Saudi Arabia



Russia
Igor Akinfeev
Goalkeeper
Mario Fernandes
Defender
Sergei Ignashevich
Defender
Fedor Kudriashov
Defender
Ilya Kutepov
Defender
Yuri Zhirkov
Defender
Aleksandr Golovin
88Booked: 88'
90Scored: 90'
Midfielder
Lury Gazinsky
12Scored: 12'
Midfielder
Alan Dzagoev
24'
24Subbed Off: 24'
Midfielder
Aleksandr Samedov
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Midfielder
Roman Zobnin
Midfielder
Fyodor Smolov
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Forward

Substitutes
Vladimir Granat
Defender
Vladimir Gabulov
Goalkeeper
Aleksandr Erokhin
Midfield
Artem Dzyuba
70'
70Subbed On: 70'
71Scored: 71'
Forward
Denis Cheryshev
24'
24Subbed On: 24'
43Scored: 43'
90Scored: 90'
Midfield
Stanislav Cherchesov
Manager
Daler Kuzyaev
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
Midfield
Andrey Lunyov
Goalkeeper
Alexey Miranchuk
Midfield
Anton Miranchuk
Midfield
Andrei Semyonov
Defender
Igor Smolnikov
Defender
Saudi Arabia
Abdullah al-Mayouf
Goalkeeper
Juan Antonio Pizzi
Defender
Omar Hawsawi
Defender
Osama Hawsawi
Defender
Yasser al-Shahrani
Defender
Mohammed al-Breik
Defender
Abdullah Otayf
Midfielder 64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Yahya Al-Shehri
Midfielder 74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Taisir al-Jassim
Midfielder
90Booked: 90'
Salman al-Faraj
Midfielder
Salem Al-Dawsari
Midfielder
Mohammed al-Sahlawi
Forward 84'
84Subbed Off: 84'

Substitutes
Mohamed Kanno
Midfield
Motaz Hawsawi
Defender
Hattan Bahebri
Midfield
74Subbed On: 74'
74'
Muhannad Assiri
Forward
84Subbed On: 84'
84'
Mohammed al-Owais
Goalkeeper
Fahad Al-Muwallad
Forward
64Subbed On: 64'
64'
Houssain al-Mogahwi
Midfield
Abdulmalek al-Khaibri
Midfield
Abdullah al-Khaibari
Midfield
Mansoor al-Harbi
Defender
Ali al-Bulaihi
Defender
Yasser al Mosailem
Goalkeeper