Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud left to Russian Federation on Thursday to attend the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
This was in response to an invitation from President Vladimir Putin and as per the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
In as much as I was surprised, I am glad that we've gotten off to a great start."In the second round of matches in Group A, Russian Federation will face Mohamed Salah's Egypt on June 19 in Saint Petersburg. I'm happy we won and happy I could help my team", said man-of-the match Cheryshev.
Artem Dzyuba was also on target a minute after coming on as a 70th-minute substitute and Aleksandr Golovin completed a memorable day by smashing in a free kick with the last action of the game.
British pop singer Robbie Williams also played it safe in the opening concert.
Western leaders are staying away, though the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron are likely to attend later matches if their teams progress, and protests and criticism - of conflict with Ukraine or human rights abuses in Russian Federation - have been largely confined to foreign soil.
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Saudi Arabia's next Group A encounter is against Uruguay in Rostov on June 20.
Given the concern prior to the tournament about the quality of the Russian team, ranked 70th in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, the result came as something of a relief. Egypt and Uruguay played overnight in Yekaterinburg.
Golovin kept a cleared corner alive and delivered a floated cross to the back post, with Gazinskiy exploiting slack Saudi marking to plant a firm header past Abdullah Al-Mayoof.
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Alan Dzagoev had been at the heart of things but had to go off after pulling a hamstring in the 23rd minute.
Raised in Spain, where his father Dmitry taught at Real Madrid's youth academy, Cheryshev showed his technical skills by beating the two Saudi defenders before his first goal.
Less than a minute remaining in the first half it was Cheryshev to up the score, shooting the ball into the upper left of the Saudi Arabian net to leave 2-0 displayed on the stadium's huge digital screens as both teams retreated for the 15-minute break.