The waiting is over – Matchday 1 is upon us. At 18:00 Moscow time the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will get underway as hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia. Let the games begin!!!
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The Saudi team are striving for a good result to show a positive image of the nation’s footballing development to the world. Partly as a result of the occasion, they will likely be cautious from the start. After the opening ten minutes, Juan Antonio Pizzi will have a better idea of the Russians’ strengths and alter his plan accordingly.
No host team has lost in the Opening Match of the World Cup, which has produced six victories and three draws for the home side. Russia have also been in the Saudis’ shoes before, having contested a World Cup opener as the away side: they drew 0-0 with Mexico in 1970 as the Soviet Union.
Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Fedor Kudryashov, Sergey Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin; Fedor Smolov
Saudi Arabia: Abdullah Al-Mayouf; Usamah Husawi, Omar Hosawi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Al-Barik; Abdullah Otif, Salman Al-Faraj, Yahya Al-Shihri, Taisir Al-Jassim, Salem Al Dosari; Fahad Al-Molad
Ahead of Saudi Arabia’s opening game against Russia Juan Antonio Pizzi talked us through what it means to be playing the World Cup on home soil. How do you think Saudi Arabia will do at the tournament?
Ahead of Russia’s Opening game against Saudi Arabia Stanislav Cherchasov talked us through what it means to be playing the World Cup on home soil. How do you think Russia will do at the tournament?
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