Saudi Arabia's sports authority lashes out at team for opening-day drubbing

Saudi Arabia's sports authority lashes out at team for opening-day drubbing

That is not to say Saudi authorities aren't interested in how beIN Sports is showing the World Cup. He added: "We've done everything we could for the national team players".

Russians celebrated their team's unexpected 5-0 triumph over Saudi Arabia in the World Cup opener into the early hours of yesterday while coach Stanislav Cherchesov and his team are firmly keeping their feet on the ground.

Russia, he explained, have been preparing for their moment of history in their home World Cup.

"The way I feel right now makes that a valid point but whatever happens I've got my philosophy and I'll try to do as best I can".

At the 1998 World Cup in France, the Saudi FA sacked Carlos Alberto Parreira mid-tournament, four years after he guided Brazil to football's ultimate prize in the US. "I can't worry about decisions that are out of my control".

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Russian Federation took on Saudi Arabia in Group A, a contest between the tournament's two worst teams on paper, but the hosts put a year of poor form behind them to thrash an abysmal Saudi team 5-0.

"This result is totally unsatisfactory, because it does not reflect the true level of our preparedness".

He said: "These players have made my face go black with embarrassment and fury". Once again, I could feel the energy that inspired me for many years. The forward said he had spent the past two months debating whether to remain with the Colchoneros or accept Barca's offer.

Saudi Arabia's defending was bad, although there was still much to admire about the way Cheryshev scored after Roman Zobnin, teed up by Golovin, had sold the Villarreal winger a little short with a square pass. Cheryshev threatened to shoot first time but checked back inside, dumping two Saudi defenders, Osama Hawsawi and Mohammed al-Breik, on their backsides before thumping a rising left-footed shot from about seven yards high inside the near post.

Substitute Denis Cheryshev soon scored the first of his two goals.

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