Russia have started their World Cup campaign on a blistering note as the romped to a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the opening match for the 2018 Mundial.

The hosts are the least ranked country at the 2018 World Cup but they showed class at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday securing the biggest ever victory in the opening match of the World Cup.

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Yury Gazinskiy gave a sign of things to come when he opened the scoring after 12 minutes, but it was Stanislav Cherchesov's substitutions which made the biggest difference, with Denis Cheryshev scoring twice and Artem Dzyuba also coming off the bench to score one and create another.

Cheryshev's second came in stoppage time before Alexandr Golovin got in on the act with a 95th-minute free kick, capping off a memorable afternoon in style for the host nation as they set an early benchmark in Group A.

Russia will face Egypt in five day's time in their next game and another win will guarantee them a place in the Round of 16.