Despite holding 61 per cent ball possession in the opening match with host country, Russia, S/Araba went down 5-0 in a thrilling encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium.
According to reports that game is the biggest margin of victory in an outright World Cup opener ever. That’s not including the years (1930, 1934, 1954, 1962) that several games kicked off at the same time to start the tournament.Another first at this match is Russia’s Denis Cheryshev. The winger is the first sub to score twice in a World Cup game since Andre Schurrle against Brazil (7-1) in 2014.
Here are and goals scorer Denis Cheryshev – two goals at 43rd min and 90+1 min, Aleksandr Golovin, one goal through a superb free kick at 90+4min and two assists.
Artem Dzyuba – one goal at 71st mins and one assist, Yuri Gazinskiy – one goal at 12th min and Roman Zobnin with one assist