Saudi Arabian sports authorities to hold players ‘accountable’ for 5-0 thrashing

Saudi Arabian sports authorities to hold players ‘accountable’ for 5-0 thrashing

Saudi sports authority chief Turki al-Sheikh, who is leading the kingdom's multi-billion dollar push for global footballing influence, said he took "full responsibility" for the defeat.

It was Russia's first World Cup win since 2002 and ended a seven-game winless run - the national team's longest winless streak in 20 years.

But, after taking a congratulating phone-call from the nation's president Vladimir Putin, Cherchesov pointed out that nothing is achieved yet, citing the experience from last year's Confederations Cup where Russian Federation went out after a first win against New Zealand by losing the other group matches to Portugal and Mexico.

"Several players will face a penalty - goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf, striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi and defender Omar Hawsawi". He later chipped the ball in for Russia's fourth goal in stoppage time.

Villarreal man Cheryshev blasted home Russia's second on the 43rd-minute mark before scoring a attractive goal with the outside of his left foot to make it 4-0 in the second half.

Golovin bagged two assists and scored a stunning 94th-minute free kick and Arsenal fans were demanding that Unai Emery's revives the club's interest in the youngster.

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"They've blackened my face".

With the five goals against the Saudis, a draw could be enough against either of its two remaining opponents.

At the meeting, the Russian president stressed the strong relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Egypt and Uruguay play Friday in Yekaterinburg. However, with overlapping matches, bathroom breaks and engagements with people that don't appreciate soccer as much as they should, you're bound to miss a few moments at this year's World Cup.

Russia's celebrations were tempered by an injury to influential midfielder Alan Dzagoev.

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