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    Cheryshev erases years of misfortune with spectacular display

    Reuters. Rostov-on-Don | Updated at 05:53pm on June 15, 2018

    Russia winger Denis Cheryshev has had a career littered with mishaps but he thrust himself into the limelight with two spectacular goals from the bench in the host nation's rampant 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Thursday's World Cup opener...

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    Heavy defeat leaves Saudi coach feeling shame

    Reuters. Moscow | Updated at 05:49pm on June 15, 2018

    Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi described a ‘feeling of shame’ after his side suffered a 5-0 hammering at the hands of hosts Russia in the World Cup's opening game at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday...

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    After 5-0, Russians asked to keep feet on ground

    Reuters. Moscow | Updated at 05:40pm on June 15, 2018

    It will not be easy after running out 5-0 winners in the World Cup opener after years of doubts and setbacks, but Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov wants his Russia side to forget Thursday's win over Saudi Arabia....

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    Five-star Russia crush KSA

    Reuters . Moscow | Updated at 12:37am on June 15, 2018

    Russia launched the World Cup in emphatic style on Thursday when they outclassed a feeble Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament’s opening match to end a nine-month winless run and give the host nation’s team and fans the lift they desperately needed....

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    Ramos urges Spain to move on quickly after sacking of coach

    Agence France-Presse. Sochi | Updated at 12:03am on June 15, 2018

    Skipper Sergio Ramos urged Spain to put the drama of the past 48 hours behind them as they look to focus on their World Cup opener against Portugal in Sochi on Friday....

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    Flag-waving fans party as Russia wins World Cup opener

    Agence France-Presse. Moscow | Updated at 11:43pm on June 14, 2018

    The mood was buoyant and politics was left on the touchline as thousands of Russian and foreign fans crammed into a Moscow fan zone to watch Thursday's World Cup opener, erupting in cheers as Russia crushed Saudi Arabia 5-0....

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    Mexico’s ‘Grand Warlock’ casts WC spell

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 15, 2018

    With the help of two priestesses and a rain stick shaped like an ancient Mesoamerican god, Mexico’s ‘Grand Warlock’ cast a spell Wednesday to help the nation at the World Cup....

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    Tabarez ready to teach again

    Agence France-Presse . Nizhniy Novgorod | Updated at 12:05am on June 15, 2018

    Uruguay head into their first game against Egypt with the focus on stars such as Luiz Suarez but with their World Cup hopes equally resting with veteran coach Oscar Tabarez, who is battling chronic illness....

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    Russian women free to make dating choice

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 12:05am on June 15, 2018

    The Kremlin on Thursday rejected suggestions from a senior lawmaker that Russian women should not have sex with visiting World Cup fans, saying they would make up their own minds...

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    Salah fit and ready to fire against Uruguay

    Reuters . Yekaterinburg | Updated at 12:05am on June 15, 2018

    Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has recovered from a shoulder injury and is almost 100 percent certain to play in their World Cup opener against Uruguay, coach Hector Cuper said on Thursday, ending weeks of suspense about the fitness of his most dangerous striker....

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