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United North American bid awarded 2026 FIFA World Cup over Morocco

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Adrian Cunningham | 15 June, 2018, 00:30

Inspired by the home crowd in the opening match of the World Cup, Russia ended a 16-year wait for victory.

This is Saudi Arabia's fifth appearance at the World Cup finals and their first since 2006.

The hosts did better in the 43rd on another fast move, with the ball eventually falling to Cheryshev who rounded two defenders and smashed into the net at the near left post.

But after Iury Gazinsky scored the first goal of this World Cup to give Russian Federation the lead in the 12th minute, a home win was never in doubt, and the feelgood factor this result will now generate is crucial for the tournament as a whole.

Every World Cup needs the host nation to energise the population, and Russian Federation have ticked that box with this result. Brazil looks to justify their position as +400 tournament chalk as they take on No. 6 Switzerland as -245 betting favourites, while Germany sits as a +475 bet to repeat as World Cup champions as they open their group stage schedule against Mexico as a -205 wager.

Russian Federation made it 3-0 in the 71st minute when Golovin chipped in a cross for giant striker Dzyuba to rise unchallenged to head in from close range.

He then escorted Putin off the stage and the conference - which announced North America would host the 2026 World Cup - stopped for an unscheduled coffee break.

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Perhaps the hosts aren't quite as bad as has been feared.

So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone.

2018 러시아 월드컵 드디어 막을 올린다 The wait is finally over for Football fans around the world.

Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi does not speak any Arabic but it will not take long for them to become aware of his Spanish description of their performance as shameful.

Saudi Arabia's route to the knockout round is much more hard.

England, drawn in Group G, will play their first game of the tournament against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.