Russian Federation fuelled by pre-World Cup criticism, says Miranchuk

Eloise Marshall
June 17, 2018

Putin and Infantino smiled and shrugged as they sat next to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the VIP box.

Saudi Arabia's defending was terrible, although there was still much to admire about the way Cheryshev scored after Roman Zobnin, teed up by Golovin, had sold the Villarreal winger a little short with a square pass. Cheryshev threatened to shoot first time but checked back inside, dumping two Saudi defenders, Osama Hawsawi and Mohammed al-Breik, on their backsides before thumping a rising left-footed shot from about seven yards high inside the near post.

The investment will be used to build high-quality logistics infrastructure facilities to meet the growing need of Russian companies to improve supply chain efficiency, RDIF added.

Saudi Arabia's route to the knockout round is much more hard.

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The total amount of investment in the construction of the technological park is expected to exceed 90 bln rubles ($1.4 bln).

Speaking ahead of his performance, Williams told ITV that it was a "pinch me moment" getting the opportunity to open the World Cup as an avid football fan.

Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored twice - the first after a piece of skill that would have graced a Lionel Messi highlights reel - and the second a superb shot in stoppage time.

That match does of course mean that Russian Federation are proving they still are the favourites they were before the first match was played to top their Group, and if they carry on playing like they did in that match against Saudi Arabia, we can expect them to breeze through the Group Stages. Saudi Arabia battle Uruguay the following day in Rostov. Egypt and Uruguay play Friday in Yekaterinburg. With Russia's group stage exit at the 2016 Euros and no wins in their last seven games, a positive result was vital. "We did not show today what we have done in our previous games", Pizzi said.

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