Russia shocked the sports world with their tournament-opening performance

The World Cup is in Russia this year and as usually with these tournaments, the host participated in the opening game of the tournament.

Unlike in Rio, where Brazil was expected to be a powerhouse throughout the tournament, the Russian squad has come in as kind of underdogs. They are in one of the tougher groups with Uruguay and Egypt both having some elite talent on their squads, so they started getting overlooked, but that might not last long after Thursday’s opener.

Russia dominated Saudi Arabia 5-0 and the sports world took notice.

Russia-Saudi Arabia is the second biggest win in the history of opening games at World Cup, after 1934 Italy-USA 7-1

— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 14, 2018

— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) June 14, 2018

— JOKUNLE (@Jokunle) June 14, 2018

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 14, 2018

— 👑 DaddyMo PhD CEng 👑 (@officialdaddymo) June 14, 2018

Can’t believe I’ve just watched Russia Putin 5 goals past Saudi

— Kane (@KaneStunts) June 14, 2018

— alex thomson (@alextomo) June 14, 2018

Wow, Russia may be the surprise package

— Dylan 🐜 (@dylanhughes1429) June 14, 2018

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 14, 2018

#WorldCupRussia2018 This world Cup will Surprise you…. Honestly I didn’t expect such performance from Russia but hey it’s Football🔥🔥🔥🔥⚽️⚽️

— Anthony Mandlazi (@Anthony19730811) June 14, 2018

The opening day was a bit of a tease because now we just want to watch more.

Tomorrow will be a much fuller day with Portugal vs. Spain, Egypt vs. Uruguay and Morocco vs. Iran. The first match of the day got even more interesting today when we found out that Mo Salah is fit to play in the tournament.

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