Andrew Das: In the rare moments when the Saudis have had the ball, they’ve shown they are pretty sharp with that one-touch passing in small spaces that comes from years of rondos, that soccer training game where a circle of players try to play keepaway from a couple of opponents in the middle.
But rondos are an effort to keep the ball inside the circle. They never really go anywhere. And neither are the Saudis.
7’: Russia Plays Aggressor
Dzagoev and Zobnin have been getting a lot of space down the wings for Russia. So far they have not been able to get it into the box effectively, but Russia is definitely on the front foot so far.
Rory Smith: Hopefully, that goal settles Russia down – and the early signs are that there’s now a bit of confidence about the host – but the pace of the start stays high.
3’: Saudi Arabia in Trouble Early
The first corner of the game went to Russia, and Saudi Arabia’s defensive anchor Osama Hawsawi was forced to clear it off the line. A dangerous situation for Saudi Arabia right away.
0’: Saudi Arabia in Green, Russia in Red
We’re under way in Moscow! Saudi Arabia kicks off wearing green, while
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/sports/world-cup/russia-saudi-arabia-live.html
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