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Russia have made World Cup opening game history with two of their five goals

The hosts got things going with a history-making display against Saudi Arabia

We’ve really come out of the blocks with this one, haven’t we?

Russia have made light work of their opening game opponents Saudi Arabia, with Aleksandr Golovin inspiring the hosts to a 5-0 win.

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‘The Russian David Beckham’ assisted both Yury Gazinsky for the opener inside 12 minutes and Artem Dzyuba for the third, and scored a beautiful free-kick right at the end for their fifth.

But Cheryshev deserves a special shout out for his second goal, for making World Cup history by becoming the first ever substitute to score in the opening game.

But Russia weren’t done there, with third goal-scorer Dzyuba’s goal coming just 89 seconds after coming off the bench, making him the second-ever substitute to score in the opening game of a World Cup.

Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though, does it?

The fun fact about Dzyuba is that he’s really unpopular with former Man City boss Roberto Mancini.

Italy’s new manager reportedly hates the Russian forward, clashing with him during their time together at Zenit.

In fact, Mancini loaned him out to rivals Arsenal Tula at the start of last season, and the boisterous striker offered to pay up the €75,000 fee out of his own to allow him to play against his parent club when they clashed in the league.

And to prove his point to Italian, he duly scored a dramatic late equaliser and celebrated wildly in front of a bemused Mancini.

Want to play Dream Team’s World Cup fantasy football game?

With Russia and Saudi Arabia opening the World Cup in style, fans flocked to Dream Team World Cup to add some extra spice to the competition.

But if you’ve forgotten to sign up, then fear not.

Because you can still enter for free and have a crack at winning our £175k prizepot, as very few people have scored any points so far.

In fact, no Russian nor Saudi Arabian player has been selected by more than 1% of Dream Team World Cup managers – although we implore you to stick Golovin in after his Star Man performance today!


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