WATCH Moscow Metro Passengers Celebrate First Goal of the World Cup

WATCH Moscow Metro Passengers Celebrate First Goal of the World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino attended the opener along with further dignitaries and heads of state - but none from Western European or North American countries.

And after the smug seal of approval, Putin then reaches over as the pair embrace in a handshake. "I already felt very happy when I knew I could come here with my squad, but I never, ever dreamed of something like this".

Substitute Denis Cheryshev scored two brilliant goals after Yury Gazinsky had headed the World Cup's first after 12 minutes.

At the end of the glittering opening ceremony by Brit singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, President Putin addressed the crowd.

Putin has made no secret about his desire for success in global sports, especially at the Olympics.

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It was Russia's first World Cup win since 2002 and ended a seven-game winless run overall - the national team's longest winless streak in 20 years.

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Warm-up losses to Italy, Germany and Peru have not made for the best preparations for the Saudis as they chase a first victory in the World Cup finals since 1994 in their first appearance in the showpiece event since 2006.

The win for Russian Federation is a big boost to its hopes of advancing, but it will still face a tough test against Egypt on June 19 and Uruguay six days later.

We have entered Federation Internationale de Football Association, so that is a big achievement for Saudi Arabia.

A lack of an attacking threat in recent outings was a primary concern for Russian Federation going into a group campaign in which they will also face Egypt and Uruguay. Egypt and Uruguay play Friday in Yekaterinburg.

Having lost several key players to injury before the World Cup, the loss of Dzagoev to what appeared to be a hamstring pull halfway through the first half of the opening game was merely another setback for coach Cherchesov.

On the day of the curtainraiser, Russian Federation freed the main opposition figure to Putin, Alexei Navalny, from jail after he served a 30-day sentence for organising an illegal protest.

But Russia's win was all but sealed in the 71st minute with Golovin again the creator, the CSKA Moscow midfielder producing a lovely centre from the right that allowed Dzyuba to nod in within two minutes of his introduction. "It shows how foreign politicians are sometimes cut off from real life".

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