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Group C features 1998 World Cup champions France along with Australia, Peru and Denmark.

Yet given Saudi Arabia's high turnover of coaches, including a previous mid-World Cup sacking, the Argentine-born Pizzi could well be on his way before he gets a chance to try and rectify the situation.

The mere fact of any home-grown player getting attention from overseas after years in which Russians have failed to tempt Europe's best clubs has sparked a local media frenzy as their World Cup gets under way and fans start to hope the national team may avoid the embarrassment many have long feared.

The biggest World Cup opening match win since 1934 was sweet for the battered Russians and Cherchesov also had to explain they hadn't tried to deceive anyone in the run-up.

Egypt are determined to get over their last-gasp defeat against Uruguay and beat Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia in their next Group A games at the World Cup, winger Mahmoud Kahraba said on Saturday. "I can't worry about decisions that are out of my control". 'This result is totally unsatisfactory, because it does not reflect the true level of our preparedness. He chipped the ball over two Saudi defenders in the 43rd minute and shot over goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf's right side to make it 2-0.

Turki al-Sheikh, the chairman of the Saudi General Sports Authority and a key backer of the United 2026 World Cup bid, tweeted that Saudi Arabia would take legal action against beIN Sports for the way the network covered the match, a humiliating 5-0 defeat for the Saudis. The forward said he had spent the past two months debating whether to remain with the Colchoneros or accept Barca's offer.

After Uruguay's first winning start at a World Cup in almost half a century and Saudi Arabia's disastrous opener, the South Americans are guarding against complacency before Wednesday's second Group A clash.

"I have never done anything like this", Cheryshev said. BeoutQ has been promoted on social media and decoder boxes sold at shops across Saudi Arabia.