Saudi Arabia Denies Punishing Players for Losing 2018 FIFA World Cup Opener

An Iranian fan dances in font of the Saviour of Spilled Blood Cathedral in St. Petersburg Russia Wednesday

Uruguay has a chance to make it out of the group stages for the third straight World Cup. "He played with a back four, which is normal against a team like Saudi", Mourinho told RT.

Russia's 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia was the biggest win for a host nation in a World Cup opener since 1934.

Mourinho was spotted watching Russia's final pre-World Cup friendly against Austria last month, with reports suggesting the Portuguese was scouting Aleksandr Golovin and not Marko Arnautovic, as was initially speculated.

It came at Luzhniki Stadium - the crucible of both Russian and Soviet sport - with the weight of an expectant but sceptical nation on their shoulders."The head of state called me and congratulated me", Russia's moustachioed manager said matter-of-factly after the match.

Details of the punishment are yet to be revealed by the Saudi football authorities.

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I'm proud but disappointed. "I don't feel like we were beaten by a better team, nearly by technology", goalkeeper Mat Ryan said. After checking images of a tackle from behind by Joshua Risdon on Griezmann, referee Andres Cunha pointed to the penalty spot.

Russia ended a 16-year wait for victory in the tournament by routing Saudi Arabia 5-0 Thursday in Group A, with the Russian president watching from the VIP box alongside Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino and the Saudi crown prince. "I can't worry about decisions that are out of my control".

"Several players will face a penalty - goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf, striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi and defender Omar Hawsawi", he added.

In a video he posted on his Twitter page, he said, "These players have made my face go black with embarrassment and fury". The injury to the 27-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder meant winger Denis Cheryshev was brought on against Saudi Arabia. "I'm just grateful to be alongside Luis", Varela said.

FIFAQatar has been involved in a crippling diplomatic fight with its neighbors, most notably Saudi Arabia, for a year, and it has affected how the World Cup is being aired in the Gulf. He then scored two goals.

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