Five-star Russia open World Cup in style

first_imgRussia 5 Saudi Arabia 0: Cheryshev, Golovin star in World Cup opener despite Dzagoev blow Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:03 6/15/18 Denis Cheryshev Getty Images Denis Cheryshev scored his first Russia goals as the World Cup hosts brushed Saudi Arabia aside at Luzhniki Stadium. Denis Cheryshev scored a brace and Aleksandr Golovin starred as Russia kicked off their first home World Cup with a rampant 5-0 Group A win over a lacklustre Saudi Arabia side in Moscow.Yuri Gazinskiy and Cheryshev struck first-half goals to open their international accounts at Luzhniki Stadium, Artem Dzyuba adding a third 89 seconds after his introduction as a second-half replacement, but an injury to star man Alan Dzagoev will cause concern for Russia.Dzagoev hurt his hamstring in the opening period and could be a doubt for the rest of the tournament, depending on the results of a scan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Gazinskiy headed in Golovin’s cross to score the first goal of the 2018 event, with Dzagoev’s replacement Cheryshev lashing in the second before the interval.Russia started the World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament but the hosts were a class above Saudi Arabia, Dzyuba’s header stretching the lead in the 71st minute.Cheryshev showed he could be the man to fill Dzagoev’s shoes with a fantastic injury-time goal, finding the top corner with a sublime shot with the outside of his left boot, before Golovin bent in a brilliant free-kick to finish the match in style.Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men struggled to create a chance of note, failed to record a shot on target and gave away possession on countless occasions, enabling Russia to record their first World Cup win since 2002.1990 – The first goal of the #WorldCup was a header (Yuri Gazinskiy ), for the first time since 1990 (François Omam-Biyik ). Opening. pic.twitter.com/RkCOSRevfJ— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 14, 2018Russia took the lead in the 12th minute with the first shot on target of the World Cup.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.But there was a major blow for the hosts mid-way through the half as star playmaker Dzagoev limped off with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Cheryshev.Russia had a penalty appeal turned down in the 35th minute, but Saudi captain Osama Hawsawi got enough on the ball when he challenged Golovin to avoid censure from VAR.Stanislav Cherchesov’s side did not let Dzagoev’s injury affect them and they scored the second goal their enterprising play deserved three minutes before the break.After a fine team move, Roman Zobnin slipped the ball to former Real Madrid winger Cheryshev, who evaded a pair of poor challenges in the box before slamming an unstoppable finish into the roof of the net.1 – Denis Cheryshev is the first ever sub to score in a #WorldCup opening game. History. pic.twitter.com/tZLdJg1Y2V— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 14, 2018Salman Al Faraj headed a decent chance over the crossbar as Saudi Arabia sought a reply after the interval.But Russia’s win was all but sealed in the 71st minute with Golovin again the creator, the CSKA Moscow midfielder producing a lovely centre from the right that allowed Dzyuba to nod in within two minutes of his introduction.Russia were not done and two terrific injury-time strikes fired a message to Group A rivals Egypt and Uruguay, who meet on Friday.Cheryshev was a threat throughout and he hit an early contender for goal of the tournament with a brilliant strike that gave helpless Al-Mayoof no chance.And the Saudi goalkeeper was beaten again in the fourth minute of stoppage-time, Golovin adding to his two assists with a curling free-kick that left brought the home fans to their feet once again.The 2018 FIFA #WorldCup is currently averaging five goals per game!The perfect start for @TeamRussia!#RUSKSA #RUS #KSA pic.twitter.com/jPPUiycsJD— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 14, 2018Key Opta stats:- Russia’s victory means that the host nation has never lost their opening match in any of the 21 editions of the World Cup (W16 D6 L0).- Russia scored more than twice the amount of goals in this game (5) than they did in the entire 2014 World Cup finals, over three games.- Saudi Arabia have not won any of their last 11 games at the World Cup (W0 D2 L9). Their last win in the competition dates back to the 1994 group stages.- Russia’s Denis Cheryshev became the first substitute to score a goal in the opening match of a World Cup tournament.- Artem Dzyuba scored for Russia just 89 seconds after coming off the bench; the quickest goal by a substitute at a World Cup since Marcin Zewlakow for Poland v USA in 2002.- In this game, Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest player to ever appear in a World Cup match for Russia/USSR (38 years & 335 days old). read morelast_img read more

Beehag Inspires Female Coaches

first_imgThe participants of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Women’s Coaching Forum received a real treat on Saturday, with New South Wales Swifts ANZ Championships Netball coach, Lisa Beehag, teaching the participants about her experiences in coaching. Beehag presented to the forum about ‘managing people and personalities’ and spoke about her coaching philosophies with the group. Beehag says that it was a great opportunity to speak to some of New South Wales’ best up-and-coming female coaches and teach them a bit about what she has learnt along the way in her coaching career. “I’ve always been pretty lucky in that I’ve had a number of these opportunities to be the person sitting here and listening to some great coaches over the years,” Beehag said. “It’s nice to be able to give something back and to do it at a different sport is really good because you hear the different ideas and I think it also tells people that they are not alone. A lot of the things that are happening in Touch are the same things that are happening in Netball, are the same things that are happening in Football, it doesn’t change that much, so there are a lot of people that you can help.”The Women’s Coaching Forum is in its second year, having been aligned with the conference for the first time in 2011, and Beehag says that she thinks it’s a fantastic concept.“We do things differently, we are different to the men and I think it’s important that we acknowledge that and that the way we go about things may be different and we all get the same result so being able to just get some more ideas from each other is really important.”Beehag has played Touch Football in the past, having played with NSWTA General Manager, Dean Russell and NSWTA and Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame member, Stacey Black (Gregory) over the years. “It was very much a summer thing for me because of Netball in winter. It was great, it was more fun than anything else. I played with Stacey Gregory for many years and obviously she’s done pretty well in Touch so we played Netball together and a lot a Mixed Touch.”Related LinksWomen’s Coaching Forumlast_img read more