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Russia welcomes the participants of the 21st World Cup! Again, 32 nations are fighting for the coveted World Cup trophy, which has been awarded since 1974. Seven times this trophy went so far to Europe, four times to South America. With three World Cup victories since 1974, Germany has been the country that has been able to blow up the World Cup most often. The defending champion intervenes only on Sunday in the action. The World Cup is traditionally opened by the host. The Sbornaja meets in the Luschniki Arena from Moscow to Saudi Arabia. Russia is considered a favorite, but the Green Hawks have recently shown against Germany some respectable football. In the game Russia against Saudi Arabia there are many ways to bet!
The wait is over! On Thursday at 17:00 Central European Time the whistle will be trilled for the first time at the 2018 World Cup! Russia has been looking forward to this major event for a long time. In the stands, the mood will be terrific, but especially from the Russian point of view, the last performances gave little reason to enjoy. Already at last year’s Confederations Cup, which was also held in Russia, Russia dropped out in a group with New Zealand, Mexico and Portugal in third. Only the New Zealanders were able to beat the Sbornaja to the prelude. It was followed by defeats against Portugal and Mexico and even after the Confed Cup it was not around at all with the Russians. In the first game after this tournament, there was a 2-1 victory in a test against South Korea.
Four of these seven games have lost Russia, drew three times still the Sbornaja still a draw. Against the World Cup favorites Spain, Brazil and France, Russia each conceded three goals, but at least could reach 3: 3 against the Spaniards. The last two friendly matches before the World Cup were also sobering. Against Austria, which, as we know, did not qualify for the World Cup at all, Russia lost 1-0. In the last test against the also not qualified Turkey, it was enough only to a 1: 1. Russia has won only one of their last ten international matches. Russia conceded at least one goal in each of these last ten caps.
Along with Uruguay and Egypt, Saudi Arabia is considered the blatant outsider in Group A. The last appearances of the Green Hawks were quite presentable. Especially in the last test last Friday, when Saudi Arabia met the reigning world champion from Germany in Leverkusen, there were plenty of opportunities for the underdog. In the end, Saudi Arabia narrowly lost 2-1 to DFB-Elf, but still had a great opportunity to equalize in added time. Judging by the course of the game and the number of chances scored Saudi Arabia was defeated the Germans, but still it would have been almost enough for the sensation. At the end of May, Saudi Arabia narrowly lost a test against Italy with a 1-1 draw. Between these two games, there was again a significant defeat when the Green Hawks lost 3-0 to Peru. Thus, Saudi Arabia has traveled to Russia with three defeats in series.
Saudi Arabia is certainly one of the big unknowns in the tournament. The players in the squad of the Green Hawks are unlikely to be familiar to anyone. Only three players were awarded in the past season to Spain in La Liga, played at Villarreal, Leganes and Levante but also not too big role. Saudi Arabia qualified in the qualifiers for Asia only on the final day of the match. Against the already established group winner Japan Saudi Arabia won in their own country 1-0. Thus, the Green Hawks sat in the final statement in front of the tied team from Australia and only due to the better goal difference. Australia then but also solved over the playoffs a ticket.
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