June 12 (Reuters) - Russia play Saudi Arabia in a Group A match in Moscow on Thursday.
Where: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
When: Thursday June 14, 1800 local (1600 BST/ 1100 ET)
Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina)
- Hosts Russia enter the World Cup as the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams participating in the tournament as they sit 70th in the FIFA rankings while Saudi Arabia are three spots above in 67th.
- Russia last progressed past the World Cup group stage in 1986, when they were part of the Soviet Union national team, while Saudi Arabia’s sole appearance in the last-16 came in 1994. Since then they have lost seven and drawn two of their matches in three World Cups.
- Saudi Arabia won two warm-up matches before losing three in a row, the last being a 2-1 defeat by World Cup holders Germany.
- Russia last won an international match in October 2017, when they beat South Korea 4-2 in a friendly.
Previous meetings: The teams have played each other once before - in a friendly in 1993, with Saudi Arabia winning 4-2. (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, Editing by Christian Radnedge)