Russian Federation 5-0 Saudi Arabia | Tactical Breakdown of Aleksandr Golovin's performance
17 June, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Anita Tucker
Their defence was awful and their attack lacked teeth. A 1-0 win over Japan in their final match is what it took for their qualification to be sealed. The bulk of the attacking responsibility is on the young shoulders of 22-year-old Aleksandr Golovinwho will feel the pressure when he steps out on the field.
Alan Dzagoev had been at the heart of things in their midfield promptings but had to go off after pulling a hamstring in the 23rd minute.
Substitute Artem Dzyuba proved to be a catalyst, scoring within a minute of coming on, with Golovin once again providing a pinpoint cross with less than 20 minutes left in the tie.
Russian Federation got their third goal from Dzyuba, who scored in the 71st minute, one minute after coming as a substitute for Fedor Smolov.
Smolov came off for fellow striker Dzyuba as Russian Federation made their final change - and Dzyuba wrapped up the points with his first touch after 71 minutes when he took advantage of more poor marking to head powerfully home.
The Saudi Arabia team promise to be a good match for the hosts as they have enjoyed a slightly better form than their opponents.
Cherchesov, without two of his starting central defenders in Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya, has to decide whether to use three or four at the back after recalling 38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich. First Cheryshev took advantage of the discount Dzyuba and goalkeeper threw the Arabians in the handsome trajectory - nearly as in training, there were suspicions, not whether the film offside.
But ahead of today's curtain-raiser between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, there is only room for optimism. Subs: Hatan 6, Fahad 6, Muhannad 6.
21' - But here come Saudi, Yasser nashing down the left and crossing well into the middle.
On the break Zobnin drove forward and his shot was parried clumsily by Al-Mayoof as Saudi Arabia cleared the danger. Again, it's rubbish, and Russian Federation break.
Despite their pre-tournament woes, the coach was in a cheerful mood at the pre-match press conference at the Luzhniki Stadium yesterday.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Russian Federation v/s Saudi Arabia match will be telecast on Sony Ten and Sony Ten HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD, Sony ESPN. When Golovin gets on the ball just outside the box, Chershev has hectares to his left.
Saudi Arabia have conceded 14 headed goals at the World Cup since their debut in 1994, that is five more than any other team over that period (USA - nine). Golovin floats the ball from the right flank as the midfielder rises above the Saudi defense to head the ball into bottom right corner. Sometimes a 4-0 score flatters the winners. And what a finish he delivers, bent into the far top corner with the outside of his right foot like it's nothing (it is not nothing). "We're not favourites to win the World Cup, but we want to get out of the group and we're playing at home".
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