Russia vs. Saudi Arabia: live updates, opening ceremony, scores, results

Russia vs Saudi Arabia
Performers on stilts arrive at the stadium in Moscow before the opening game. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia: live updates, opening ceremony, scores, results – It’s the opening game of the 2018 World Cup, as the hosts get the party start against a winnable opponent.

How to watch the opening ceremony

The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday as host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. It’s the opener of the tournament, which means it’ll probably be the most watched game involving these two teams in Group A, and it should be quite the spectacle. The host nation and Saudi Arabia will battle for three vital points, with the group’s second match between Uruguay and Egypt arriving on Friday on a three-match day.

Winning the first match you play is key if you are to move on, and the pressure is on Russia to deliver in front of its home crowd in Moscow.

Russia enters the match in full strength but has yet to win a friendly in 2018, with two of the matches coming against Brazil and France. Will all the tests pay off in the opener?

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, played well in a 2-1 loss to Germany last week and is confident it can get something in this game, with a draw being a quality result. Nobody on the team will be more hungry to deliver than coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who failed to guide Chile to qualification to the World Cup but still managed to make the tournament himself after landing the Saudi gig in November.

Here’s how you can watch the match and our prediction. And be sure to return about a half an hour before kickoff for our live blog of the game:

How to watch

When: Thursday at 4:00PM Nigerian time

Where: Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow

TV: Supersports select 4

Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

Prediction

Russia gets off on the right foot, scoring a goal in each half to take three points in Group A., with Saudi Arabia struggling right out of the gate. Russia 2, Saudi Arabia 0.

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia score, live updates

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia: live updates

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