British gay rights activist arrested in Russian Federation before World Cup

Larry Hoffman
June 15, 2018

They will then play against Egypt, who will be making their first World Cup appearance in 28 years, on June 19 before facing Uruguay in their final group game on June 25.

The result equalled the best-ever in a World Cup opening game - Brazil beat Mexico 5-0 in Geneva in 1954 - as Russian Federation took full advantage of a Saudi team who's defending fell painfully short of World Cup standard, while their attack was non-existent.

Russian Federation lost Dzagoev to a hamstring injury midway through the first half, the CSKA Moscow midfielder clutching his hamstring as he crumpled to the turf.

It was Gazinsky's first goal of his global career.

"During the World Cup it is forbidden to hold any action like this against Putin, against all these things", the policeman said.

Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf is beaten by a free kick from Russia's Alexander Golovin in extra-time of their World Cup opener.

"Senior officers were stern but the apprehending officer very helpful, friendly and polite", the campaigner said, adding he was receiving support from the British embassy.

The Green Falcons mustered a rally in the second half, but Russian Federation again looked the more penetrating team, with Golovin reprising his cross for another calm headed finish from substitute Artyom Dzyuba to safeguard the win, to the instant relief of embattled coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

Yuri Gazinsky initially put Russian Federation ahead with a header from Alexander Golovin's cross when the Saudis failed to clear a corner in the 12th minute.

Artistic performances from United Kingdom singer Robbie Williams and Russian operatic soprano Aida Garifullina were the highlights of the opening ceremony.

Casualty ward Alan Dzagoev has been Russia's most exciting creative force of the past decade, having become its youngest ever outfield player in 2008.

Saudi Arabia recently lifted a ban on women driving, although that has been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent.

Russian Federation head into the game without their lead marksman Aleksander Kokorin but Saudi have injury worries with all their key players fit for the game. The Spaniards were left reeling following the sudden firing of head coach Julan Lopetegui on Wednesday, but maintain steady +650 odds to claim their first World Cup title since 2010.

He lasted just 24 minutes of the opening game, limping off with a hamstring injury which may have tragically ended his tournament. It took him just 89 seconds to get his name on the scoresheet, becoming the fastest sub in World Cup since 2002.

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