Aleksandr Golovin emerged as Man of the match after scoring the fifth goal and providing two assists (photo credit: Getty Images)

Russia’s Yuri Gazinsky scored the first goal of the 2018 World Cup on Thursday as the hosts took a 1-0 lead against Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament.

Gazinsky headed into the net in the 12th minute at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, sparking scenes of delight from the home crowd.