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Denis Cheryshev said there were "no words to express" how he felt after he struck twice for Russia as the World Cup hosts thumped Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the tournament in Moscow Thursday. Iury Gazinsky scored after 12 minutes and Cheryshev added a second goal before the break after coming on as an injury replacement for Alan Dzagoev. Cheryshev was still left with plenty of work to do inside the area after a pass from Roman Zobnin, brilliantly flicking the ball past two closing defenders before rifling into the roof of the net.Russia then nearly scored a third goal when player Abdullah Al-Mayouf spilled a low drive from Zobnin, with the Saudi goalkeeper recovering just in time to nudge the ball away from Smolov.
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