Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Indifferent Russia comes alive after Saudi romp

Indifferent Russia comes alive after Saudi romp

The Saudi Arabia Football Federation have said they would punish three of their national team's players following their 5-0 drubbing by Russia at the 2018 World Cup.

The Saudis, who last won a match at the World Cup in 1994, failed to get a single shot on target.

"The opposing team really didn't have to make a huge effort to win this game", he said after a one-sided showing that marked a dream start for the home team in front of a capacity crowd.

Two hours ahead of the opening match at the World Cup tent built here in Jeddah on King Road on 20,000 square meters, around 600 fans filled the huge tent and began cheering and applauding their Saudi team as the game got under way.

Prior to the match, the Russian team was ranked as the weakest of all the World Cup participants.

"You don't apologise for winning in sport", said Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, when asked whether the Russian president was apologising to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he kept shrugging at him after nearly every Russian goal. They did not do even five per cent of what was required of them.

Mourinho was spotted watching Russia's final pre-World Cup friendly against Austria last month, with reports suggesting the Portuguese was scouting Aleksandr Golovin and not Marko Arnautovic, as was initially speculated.

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According to The Sun , De Gea, who is happy at Old Trafford, is ready to put pen to paper when he returns from the World Cup . For now the 33-year-old's focus is on his fourth and probably last chance to win a World Cup at the peak of his powers.

Saudi Arabia are facing stiff competition in Group A for their next two matches.

"We've done everything we could for the national team players", Al-Sheikh lamented.

He was sent on loan to Valencia and was subjected to humiliating taunts in a game at the Nou Camp from Barcelona fans, who chanted "Cheryshev we love you" for his role in one of their rivals' most embarrassing episodes in recent memory.

Egypt are making their first World Cup appearance since 1990 when they suffered a first-round exit after draws with Netherlands and Ireland and a loss to England.

But for her and other female Saudi Arabian football fans, the sport has come to symbolise far more than just winning.

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

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