The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia. It is the first game of the tournament, which means that it is probably the most watched game involving these two teams in Group A. The host country and Saudi Arabia will fight for three vital points, to reach the second match of the group between Uruguay and Egypt. Friday in a day of three games.
Winning first you play key match if you want to go ahead, and the pressure is in Russia to deliver against his local crowd in Moscow.
Russia enters the game forcefully, but has not yet won a friendly in 2018, with two games against Brazil and France. Will they pay for all the tests of the first game?
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, played well in the 2-1 defeat of Germany last week and is confident they can get something in this match. Nobody on the team will be more hungry to offer coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who failed to lead Chile to qualify for the World Cup, but managed to win the tournament after landing Saudi Arabia concert November.
This is how you can see the game and our prediction. And be sure to come back about half an hour before the start of our live blog of the game:
How to watch
When: Thursday at 11am ET
Where: Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow
TV: Fox and Telemundo
Stream: fuboTV (Try it for free)
Follow: CBS Sports Application
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Russia puts on the right foot, scoring a goal in each half to score in Group A with three points with Saudi Arabia fighting the door. Russia 2, Saudi Arabia 0.