June 14, 2018 / 3:58 PM / 6 months ago

Gazinsky nets opening goal of World Cup

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 14, 2018 Russia's Yury Gazinsky in action with Saudi Arabia's Yasser Al-Shahrani REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Yury Gazinsky took 12 minutes to score the opening goal of the World Cup and substitute Denis Cheryshev added a second as hosts Russia made a dream start to the tournament and led Saudi Arabia 2-0 at halftime at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.

Gazinsky headed home a cross and Cheryshev showed fancy footwoork before putting the ball into the roof of the net in the 43rd minute. He had come on after Alan Dzagoev pulled up with a hamstring injury after 22 minutes of the Group A match.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Ed Osmond

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