Russia sets new World Cup record

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The World Cup. Russia won 5-0 against Saudi Arabia on the opening day of the tournament. [Photo/jollofsports.com]

The 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts Russia set a new World Cup record on opening day of the tourney.

The Russians beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup opening game on June 14, 2018, thus setting a new score-line record in the tournament’s opening match in history.

Since 1930 when the tournament was launched, no team has ever scored five goals against an opponent in the opening match.

In Uruguay in 1930, the first two World Cup matches took place simultaneously, where France defeated Mexico 4-1 while the USA beat Belgium 3-0.

It was the same case in Italy in 1934. Austria defeated France 3-2, while Hungary won 4-2 against African representatives Egypt.

England 1966: England 0:0 Uruguay

Mexico 1970: Mexico 0:0 Soviet Union

Germany 1974: Brazil 0-0 Yugoslavia

Argentina 1978: Germany 0:0 Poland

Spain 1982: Argentina 0:1 Belgium

Mexico 1986: Bulgaria 1:1 Italy

Italy 1990: Italy 1-0 Austria

USA 1994: Spain 2-2 South Korea

France 1998: Brazil 2-1 Scotland

Korea /Japan 2002: France 0-1 Senegal

Germany 2006: Germany 4-2 Costa Rica

South Africa 2010: South Africa 1-1 Mexico

Brazil 2014: Brazil 3-1 Croatia

The 2018 edition enters its second day on Friday, with three matches on the cards.

Egypt plays Uruguay, Morocco vs. Iran then Portugal vs. Spain.

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