FIFA 2018: As it happened: Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0

Friday, June 15, 2018- Judging with the scores, Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0. Added as the 2nd defeat in history. For Saudi Arabia, first defeat they tasted of 8-0 with Germany in 2002.

5.10 PM: The team lineups in the ground.

5.47PM: Fahad Muwallad, struggling hard for a start, but he has to be content with a place on the bench as the game begins.

5.51PM: A announcement held that Saudi Arabia are chasing for only their third ever win at the finals.

5.57PM: A announcement of that goal by ‘Al-Owairan’.

6PM: None of the player from both the sides plays their football outside their home country,

6.01PM: The first of the 64 games at the 21st World Cup, kicks off after the first blast of the whistle of Argentine referee Nestor Pitana.

6.12PM: Russia add its first goal in its scorecard, having the lead through Iury Gazinsky.

6.37PM: Saudi Arabia’s player Salem Al-Dawsari vies for possession with Russia’s midfielder Roman Zobnin.

6.41PM: BBC Sport pundit Jermain Jenas says, “That is three or four times Saudi Arabia have been caught two v two or three v three. It is schoolboy stuff from Saudi Arabia.”

6.43PM:  and there goes the second GOAL!…….. If Saudi Arabia want to win their game then they have to do it hard way after Denis Cheryshev, makes two goals just before half-time.

6.52PM: Former England captain, Alan Shearer, fears for the Green Falcons in the second half. He said, “Every opportunity Russia have to hit them on the break, they are far too quick for Saudi Arabia, and they can go and get four or five goals if they want to”.

6.54PM: “Saudi Arabia are all at sea when Russia counterattack,” says former England defender Gary Neville in his role as a pundit for English TV.

6.58PM: Saudi Arabia did not have a single shot on goal in the first half.

7PM: Pizzi would by sure look forward to change things in the second half.

7.05PM: Question arose. Can Saudi Arabia would able to pull a rabbit out of the hat?

 

7.19PM: “I just don’t think Saudi Arabia has the ability. If they are playing like this against a Russia side that has been criticised in the build-up to the match, then they are going to struggle in this tournament,” said former England captain Alan Shearer. “They are just not used to playing at this level with this intensity, and against this physicality.”

7.23PM: Saudi Arabia coach has made his move with just under a third of the match remaining, removing defensive midfielder Abdullah Otayf and replacing him with strike weapon Fahad Muwallad.

7.31PM: and the third GOAL!  Of Russia rocked the whole stadium.

7.37PM: former England manager Glenn Hoddle, “Saudi Arabi played so pretty strong opposition in the build-up to the World Cup but they’ve been very poor tonight”.

7.40PM: Former England striker Dion Dublin said, “If this was a five-a-side World Cup tournament, I think Saudi Arabia would do very well, and might even win it. But you cannot play 5-a-side on a full-size pitch”.

7.51PM: GOAL! The fourth goal and made shocked the Saudi Arabia fans. This has been a horrible opening night for the Green Falcons.

7.55PM: with the fifth GOAL! Russia won the match.

 

by Sawan Kumar on June 15, 2018

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