Group B is underway at 3am when Morocco, fresh from missing out on hosting rights to the 2026 tournament and appearing at a World Cup for the first time since 1998, meet Iran, who are looking to progress to the knockout rounds for the first time ever.
The win for Russian Federation is a big boost to its hopes of advancing, but it will still face a tough test against Egypt on June 19 and Uruguay six days later. He later chipped the ball in for Russia's fourth goal in stoppage time.
Every World Cup needs the host nation to energise the population, and Russian Federation have ticked that box with this result.
Putin was the surprise guest of honour at FIFA's annual gathering on the eve of the World Cup, and was welcomed on stage by Gianni Infantino, the governing body's president.
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.
The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.
Cheryshev showed he can fill the void to a certain extent, and there is no better way to make an impression than by scoring a goal.
2018 러시아 월드컵 드디어 막을 올린다 The wait is finally over for Football fans around the world.
A few hours ago, I went down to the stadium, which can hold over 80-thousand spectators, ... and ticket holders for the opening match were crowding in already for the World Cup's opening ceremony.
Saudi Arabia's route to the knockout round is much more hard.
Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi does not speak any Arabic but it will not take long for them to become aware of his Spanish description of their performance as shameful.
One of the biggest issues they faced was the physical challenge against a much stronger and imposing Russian team. This new format was introduced so that more games could be played as a whole, but the winners would still be only playing seven games.