• by Ayoade Akinyode
  • 1 year ago
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*Hosts Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the World Cup opener on Thursday.

*The goals were scored by Gazinskiy, Dzyuba, Golovin and Cheryshev added a brace.

*Russian star man, Alan Dzagoev injured his hamstring in the opening period and could be a doubt for the remainder of the tournament, depending on scan results.

*Aleksandr Golovin was in stunning form as he scored one goal and laid on two more to help his country beat the Arabians.

*Golovin’s agent has stated that the CSKA Moscow player is already attracting interests from Premier League teams notably Southampton and Newcastle.

*Germany coach, Joachim Low has asked fans not to boo midfielders Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan during the tournament in Russia.

*The German pair got caught in a centre of a political row after Ozil and Gundogan (both of Turkish origin) took a photograph with Turkey president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

*England midfielder, Jesse Lingard has stated that coach Gareth Southgate has given the players freedom to play so he does not expect them to be afraid.

*Ex-England skipper, Steven Gerrard has backed the Three Lions to overcome World Cup scrutiny.

*Captain John Obi Mikel has assured that he is ready to lead Nigeria well at the FIFA World Cup

*Brazil star, Neymar has confirmed that Brazil are ready to rectify the nightmares of 2014. The Brazilians were humiliated on home ground four years ago.

*Egyptian key man, Mohamed Salah is expected to recover from his shoulder injury in time to feature in his country’s opener against Uruguay.

*African nation, Morroco will also begin their campaign today against Iran in Group B.

*European giants, Spain and Portugal will lock horns today. Both teams will be looking to assert authority in Group B.

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Ayoade is a Nigerian university graduate. A sports writer, columnist and administrator. A lover of sports generally but his expertise is football.

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