FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia vs Saudi Arabia: After a scintillating performance by Robbie Williams, Saudi Arabia kicked off the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. However, it was Russia’s Yuri Gazinsky who scored the opening goal of the FIFA World Cup 2018. He lept high (and possibly shoving his marker in the back) to guide a cross from the left past Abdullah Al-Mayouf and inside the left upright. Following his goal, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed Bin Salman were seen shaking hands.
Aleksandr Golovin is a young attacking midfielder with a magic touch for Russia. He and Anton Miranchuk are the keys to unlocking the defence with their through balls and creating chances for their goal-machine Fedor Smolov. However, Russia will sorely miss the injured striker Aleksandr Kokorin and the wing-backs are arguably too old and as for the centre-backs, they are too young and inexperienced.
Talking about Saudi Arabia, the side from the gulf is an attacking side with three midfielders – Salem al-Dawsari, Yahya al-Shehri and Fahad al-Muwallad, who can test any defence in Russia. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi is expected to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, with an experienced defence.
However, the problem is that the back four are susceptible to pace and rarely plays against the kind of top-calibre attackers you find at the World Cup.