Opening Asia for Russia

Match "Russia - Saudi Arabia" kicked off the World Championship -2018

15.06.2018 110 просмотров

The national teams met on the football field only once - in a friendly match in October 1993. Then the Saudis won with a score of 4:2.


Now thousands of fans from all over the world have gathered to watch the outcome of the match. 

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Most of the fans - more than 20 thousand - occupied Sparrow Hills, where a live broadcast from the Luzhniki stadium was broadcast on giant screens. First, the audience saw a bright and dynamic opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Its main characters are singer Robbie Williams  and opera diva Aida Garifullina.  After the concert, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a welcoming speech. 

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“Congratulations to you - the whole big, multinational, friendly world football family - on the start of the main tournament of the planet! This grandiose sporting event is being held in Russia for the first time, and we are sincerely happy about it. In our country, football is not just the most massive sport. We really love football,” the President of the Russian Federation said & nbsp; Vladimir Putin.

The Russian leader watched the game together with FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and the crown prince  Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. The football match brought many surprises to Russian fans, everyone believed in victory. 

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“How is it possible without faith? We came here to cheer for our favorite team. We hope that we will win today,” I am sure  football fan from the city of Gzhel  Alexander Lavrov. 

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Hopes were justified in the 12th minute of the match. Yuri Gazinsky scored the first goal against the Saudis.  Further more. On 43 minutes, Denis Cheryshev sent the ball into the opponent's goal. The third goal of the match was scored by Zenit forward Artem Dziuba. 

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The advantage of the hosts became obvious.  A quarter of a century later, the Russian team bounced back for losing in a friendly match against Saudi Arabia. As a result, the national team of the host country defeated the Arab athletes with a score of 5:0.  Not only Russians, but also fans from other continents rejoiced at this victory. 

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Football united  fans from  Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Israel and many other countries.  In Dubai, as a sign of special respect, the Burj Khalifa tower was painted in the colors of the Russian flag.  

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“The Russian team did well, they showed a beautiful game. Today I was rooting for Russia. But in general, I think that in the end Brazil will become the champion. She is very strong,” said Vietnamese student Do Minh Son. 

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The opening match of the 2018 World Cup lit up new stars in the sky  Russian football, over which not so long ago the "couch" athletes laughed. However, you should not relax, because Stanislav Cherchesov's wards will have two more games to play in the group stage - with Egypt and Uruguay. 

The World Cup will last until July 15, matches will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 cities Russia.

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