CHANCE! Good work by Al Sahlawi – he wins a foul of Zhirkov about five yards outside the box on the right. He whips a buzzy free-kick into the box…Hawsawi gets up but his header balloons well over the crossbar.
SHOT! Al Faraj works it through midfield and finds Al Dawsari about 30 yards out. He tries a spectacular effort on the turn but gets it all wrong. Miles over.
Nice introduction by Cheryshev – Saudi Arabia try to play out and get caught. Cheryshev attacks down the left, beats two men but his low cross is scrambled clear.
INJURY! Russia break with a three-on-three but Dzagoev pulls up holding his hamstring – clearly torn the muscle. He limps off.
SUB! He is replaced by Cheryshev.
CLOSE! Al Dawsari finds space down the left and bursts clear. He chips a hopeful ball into the area which Al Sahlawi attacks with Kutepov. The ball spins just wide of the post.
Better from Saudi Arabia – they’ve weathered the storm and have got up the pitch. Their passing is slick but they lack quality.
SAVE! The visitors need a moment here – Russia are hunting a second. A break down the right finds Smolov at the near post. He flicks one towards the far corner but Al Muaiouf is alert to it. He spectacularly palms it clear.
We have our first goal of Russia 2018 – and fittingly it goes to the hosts. They’ve been upping the tempo and Saudi Arabia have crumbled.
Golovin finds half a yard on the right and whips a ball towards the back post. There are three Russians waiting against Al Shahrani, who slips at vital time. It leaves Gazinskiy with the task of heading home, which he does.
GOAL! RUSSIA 1-0 SAUDI ARABIA (Gazinskiy, 12)
9: Russia finding their stride. Golovin beats his man on the outside and forces a corner. It’s a deep one but headed clear by Al Shahrani.