Hosts, Russia got off its World Cup campaign off on a good note with a five-goal trouncing of Saudi Arabia in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Yury Gazinskiy drew the first blood with a well taken header from a corner kick in the 12th minute with an assist from Aleksandr Golovin.
In the 24th minute, Alan Dzagoev pulled an hamstring, and was replaced by Denis Cheryshev, who smashed in the second goal to become the first ever substitute to score in the opening match of a World Cup tournament.
Third goal came in the 71st minute through Artem Dzyuba, who nicked in the goal just a minute after replacing Fyodor Smolov.
Denis Cheryshev scored a goal of the tournament contender in the 91st minute while Aleksandr Golovin compounded Saudi Arabia woes with a sublime free kick to make it 5 goals to nil.