Opening games at any major tournament can often be subdued affairs but that certainly wasn’t the case at this summer’s World Cup. Host nation Russia were under pressure, having failed to win a competitive match since 2015, but they brushed aside a weak Saudi Arabian unit with an impressive 5-0 scoreline.
The game was particularly notable for a double strike by Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev who produced an early contender for goal of the tournament in second-half injury time. The former Real Madrid winger also made a significant move in what can often be the most lucrative outright market of them all. Continue reading “Cheryshev Double Highlights Golden Boot Conundrum”