Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Moscow: Almost four years of waiting has led to this. Precisely 1,432 days after Mario Gotze’s extra time goal saw Germany add a fourth star to their jersey, Russia and Saudi Arabia take to the field to start another chapter in the storied history of the FIFA World Cup.
Both sides come into the fixture at the Luzhniki Stadium on a poor run of recent form.
Russia have failed to win in seven non-competitive attempts since beating Korea Republic in October, while the Saudis have lost three friendly matches in a row - albeit to strong opposition in Italy, Peru and World Cup holders Germany.