Saudis to hold players ‘accountable for World Cup drubbing

Russia's psychic cat Achilles picks home team for World Cup opener

Hosts Russia made the flawless start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, soundly beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the second-highest win ever recorded in an Opening Match.

They inexplicably sacked Bert van Marwijk despite a successful campaign and then his successor Edgardo Bauza before the World Cup draw in November.

Many described their performance as one of the worst ever at the World Cup, after the Middle Eastern nation were defeated 5-0 by Russian Federation in the opening game of the tournament in Moscow on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has weighed in on the speculation surrounding the president's hand gestures at Thursday's match with Saudi Arabia.

The World Cup will run from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

The final match Saudi Arabia will be playing in Group A, and probably the very last match of the World Cup 2018 for them will see them playing against Egypt, and that match is all scheduled to kick off on the 25 of June.

"We don't know the complete picture considering how abruptly he stopped", Cherchesov said. "They're just going to have to get used to it", said Mounira Al-Naimi, a 24-year-old human resources specialist.

The midfielder was already on the radar of a number of top clubs in Europe before the World Cup opener, but since the game the noise around his future has grown even louder.

Saudi Arabia still have two more games against Luis Suarez's Uruguay or Mohamed Salah's Egypt in Group A. This may be the worst-ranked side in the competition at 70, three places below Saudi Arabia, but this one looked as good as anyone else.

The calls to keep politics out of sport come after the Argentinian team pulled out of the highly anticipated soccer match against Israel last week under Palestinian pressure and threats to the players after the match was moved from Haifa to Jerusalem.

Saudi Arabia's route to the knockout round is much more hard.

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