MOSCOW: Russia kicked off the World Cup today with a crushing 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.
The Russians gave the winning performance in front of the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki crowd, which included President Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince.
With Russia beating Saudi Arabia 5-0, they ended their seven-game losing streak.
The hosts made it look easy as they applied pressure to Saudi Arabia throughout the game.
While Saudi Arabia had the majority of the possession they were unable to break the Russian defence, and their own defence was not up to scratch, catching them out on a few occasions.
The match at the legendary Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital has a seating capacity of 80,000 and today’s attendance was reported at over 78,000 spectators.
The Trophy was brought to the stadium in a newly-designed travel case by Louis Vuitton, which had the lock and six clasps made in ruthenium – a strong dark-grey metal that has the chemical symbol Ru and was named after the host of this year’s FIFA World Cup. Minutes before the official opening ceremony began an artificial cover was rolled out on top of the playing field with actors rushing out on it.