MOSCOW, Russia — Here are the starting lineups and streaming information for the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium (June 14).
The tournament opener in Moscow will begin at 18:00 (local time) – 11:00 am ET, with Fox Network and Telemundo providing the television coverage, while Fox Sports Go provides streaming action in the U.S. Follow live updates and live score here
For the hosts, veteran defender Sergei Ignashevich will start in the opening Group A game and will partner Ilya Kutepov in the heart of the backline today.
The 38-year-old Ignashevich, who came out of international retirement to play in the World Cup on home soil, will also play alongside Brazil-born Mario Fernandes and Yuri Zhirkov in a four-man backline, as head coach Stanislav Cherchesov opted against starting with his preferred system of three center backs due to injuries.
Also among the starters for Russia is Fyodor Smolov, who will lead the attacking line, while Alexander Samedov, Alan Dzagoev and Aleksandr Golovin play in the midfield.
Standout goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev captains the side.
Meanwhile, for Saudi Arabia, veterans Osama Hawsawi and Taiseer Al-Jassim are starters for the World Cup opening game.
Hawsawi will captain the team and starts alongside Omar Hawsawi in defense.
Al-Jassim will play with Abdullah Otayf and Salman Al Faraj in central midfield.
Saudi Arabia lineup:
Abdullah Al Muaiouf, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Mohammed Alburayk, Salman Al Faraj, Yahia Al-Shehri, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi, Yasir Al-Shahrani, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassim, Salem Al Dawsari.
Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Gazinsky, Alan Dzagoev, Fyodor Smolov, Roman Zobnin, Alexander Golovin, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Samedov.