Hosts Russia score 5 past Saudi arabia in the opening match of the Fifa world cup.

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The Fifa world cup 2018 started with  a bang as host nation Russia defeated Saudi Arabia scoring 5 goals past them.

Denis Cheryshev struck twice for Russia as the FIFA World Cup 2018 hosts thumped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow on Thursday.

The first goal was scored by Iury Gazinsky after just 12 minutes into the match. And Cheryshev added a second before the break after coming on as an injury replacement for Alan Dzagoev.

Artem Dzuyba netted a third and Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin scored after the break to make it 5-0 and deliver Russia’s first win since October to launch their world cup campaign in style.

Saudi Arabia returned to the world cup for the first time after 2006. Russia are looking forward to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time.