Jose Mourinho sends Mohamed Salah warning to Russian Federation

I'm going to the 2018 World Cup to stand in solidarity with LGBT+ Russians

Russian Federation launched the World Cup in emphatic style when they outclassed a feeble Saudi Arabia 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.

This edition of the World Cup is the first to be hosted in Europe since 2006, and the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe.

Cheryshev hammered in a fourth with the outside of his left foot in stoppage time and Golovin capped a magnificent performance by bending in a last-gasp free-kick.

However, reports emerged that the former Stoke striker was not the one the Portuguese tactician had his eyes on - but rather watching Golovin.

Russian fans were less numerous than worldwide ones, but were rooting for their team to pull off a triumphant start to the championship.

There was also criticism from another government figure in the form of Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al-Sheikh, Chairman of the General Sport Authority, who described the game as a "total fiasco" in a video posted on his Twitter page.

I'm sure we'll win the game now.

"They are awesome, said Moscow residents Yanna Safronova".

Asked about Russia's chances versus Egypt, Mourinho told RT: 'Egypt has - I don't want to say the fastest - but I have to say one of fastest players in the world.

There was a distinct South American flavor to the fan zone and exuberant supporters from Peru, Mexico and Colombia held competitive chant-offs, whilst cheering for Russian Federation during the game.

'We are very disappointed by the defeat, ' Ezzat was quoted as saying in the Al-Youm Assabaa newspaper. "But everyone has been so friendly", said Gabriela Chang, a 29-year-old Peruvian fan.

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Russian Federation then almost grabbed a third when Abdullah Al-Muaiouf spilled a low drive from Zobnin, the Saudi goalkeeper recovering just time in time to nudge the ball away from Smolov.

The opening goal came soon after, as Saudi Arabia failed to clear a corner and a curling cross in from the left by Golovin picked out an unmarked Gazinsky to head low into the far corner. "I totally didn't expect Moscow to be so nice.".

Tom Briskie, a 26-year-old Australian from Brisbane, admitted: "We were a bit anxious before coming here because of all the media reports but it wasn't enough to put us off".

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