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Sri Lanka president Sirisena holds all-party meeting talks to end political crisis        Pankaj wins grand double, extends world title tally to 21        England win second Test against Sri Lanka by 57 runs        Smriti Mandhana becomes second-fastest Indian woman to reach 1000 T20I        It is quality of cricket rather than sledging that wins matches: Shastri on new Aussie approach        India in Australia: Kohli promises to not start arguments, only finish them        At Least Two Killed, Eight Injured In Blast In Karachi        Centre's New Move May Escalate Feud With RBI Ahead Of Board Meet: Report        'Gaja' crosses coast, rainfall pounds TN, 22 dead        Sabarimala board to move SC, buy time to implement order        Sabarimala board to move SC, buy time to implement order        Sindhu crashes out; Srikanth, Sameer enter quarterfinals of Hong Kong Open        No more chopping and changing till World Cup: Ravi Shastri        Air India eyes Rs 800 cr from sale of over 70 properties        Intel India opens design house costing Rs 1,100 cr at B'luru        US, China see rival visions for entwined Asia-Pacific region        Imran Khan to visit Malaysia next week; likely to seek monetary aid        EC removes Mizoram chief electoral officer after protests        Lankesh murder accused sent to SIT custody in Pansare case        Agri sector needs long-term solutions, loan waiver temporary: Naidu        
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Sports News
FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia stun Saudi Arabia in opener, substitutes shine in 5-0 win
 
(Moscow, June 14, 2018):Hosts Russia began their FIFA World Cup campaign in an emphatic fashion, registering an easy 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in a Group A game at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday.

Yuri Gazinskiy (12), Denis Cheryshev (43, 90+1), Artem Dzyuba (71) and Aleksandr Golovin (90+4) scored for the hosts, who enjoyed a near-perfect first day.

They overcame an injury suffered by forward Alan Dzagoev in the middle of the first half. But his substitute Cheryshev scored a brace and young Golovin made two assists and a goal.

Russia were impressive from the beginning and threatened the Saudis with fierce counter-attacks. Russia employed pressure by earning multiple corners and after one of them was blocked, Russia regained the ball. Aleksandr Golovin fired in a beautiful cross from right to the centre of the box from where Yuri Gazinskiy headed it in at the left post past goalkeeper Abdullah Mayoof to make it 1-0.

Four minutes later, off another counter-attack, Alan Dzagoev delayed his shot, allowing Mohammed Alburayk to block but the ball deflected before being clawed away by Mayoof.

Saudi Arabia got their first chance at goal when Mohammed Al Sahlawi`s left footed shot from the left side of the box went inches wide.

Russia suffered a big blow as Dzagoev had to leave the field after picking up a hamstring injury. He raced through a counter-attack before holding the back of his left thigh in the 23 minute.

Villarreal midfielder Cheryshev replaced Dzagoev for Russia as the hosts continued their good work. Playing with a strong, disciplined structure with a heavy midfield, Russia controlled the tempo.

Two minutes from time, Saudi Arabia were caught by a counter-attack again and this time it proved costly. Roman Zobnin led the counter-attack for Russia before passing it on to Cheryshev, who employed a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner to make it 2-0.

After the 2-0 lead, the second half saw less action. While Russia did not need to up the ante, they managed to contain the Saudis. The Saudi team continued to concede possession to the hosts, unable to push their way up the pitch and create any meaningful opportunities.

At the beginning of the second half, Aleksandr Samedov`s right footed shot from outside the box was close, missing out on the top left corner.

Russia got their third goal from Dzyuba, who scored in the 71st minute, one minute after coming as a substitute for Fedor Smolov. Golovin made his second assist of the game as his cross from the right saw Dzyuba outjump Saudi captain Osama Hawsawi and head it in.

Russia did not relent and got their fourth goal in the injury time as Cheryshev got his second of the day. A long ball from the defence was brought down by Golovin before Cheryshev got inside the box before finishing with a chip with the outside of his left foot in the first minute of the second-half injury time.

A couple of minutes later, Golovin fired a sumptuous free-kick to the right post from just outside of the box to make it an overwhelming 5-0 victory.


Pankaj wins grand double, extends world title tally to 21
England win second Test against Sri Lanka by 57 runs
Smriti Mandhana becomes second-fastest Indian woman to reach 1000 T20I
It is quality of cricket rather than sledging that wins matches: Shastri on new Aussie approach
India in Australia: Kohli promises to not start arguments, only finish them
Sindhu crashes out; Srikanth, Sameer enter quarterfinals of Hong Kong Open
No more chopping and changing till World Cup: Ravi Shastri
Mitchell Starc released from IPL contract ahead of Ashes, WC
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3rd T20: Dhawan, Pant take Ind to victory, series win
FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 in ISL
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Mumbai City end NorthEast United’s unbeaten run
Chelsea beat BATE 1-0 in Europa League
Srikanth enters pre-quarterfinals of China Open
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KERALA NEWS
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Sri Lanka president Sirisena holds all-party meeting talks to end political crisis
 (Colombo, Nov 18, 2018):Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday held an all-part
At Least Two Killed, Eight Injured In Blast In Karachi
US, China see rival visions for entwined Asia-Pacific region
Imran Khan to visit Malaysia next week; likely to seek monetary aid
NATIONAL NEWS
'Gaja' crosses coast, rainfall pounds TN, 22 dead
 (Chennai, Nov17, 2018): Cyclone Gaja ripped through Nagapattinam early Friday uprooting trees
EC removes Mizoram chief electoral officer after protests
Lankesh murder accused sent to SIT custody in Pansare case
Agri sector needs long-term solutions, loan waiver temporary: Naidu
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