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Russia opens World Cup with huge 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia

Staff writers, June 15, 2018 7:48AM News Corp Australia Network

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Russia's midfielder Denis Cheryshev (not in picture) scores the 2-0 goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Picture: AFP media_cameraRussia's midfielder Denis Cheryshev (not in picture) scores the 2-0 goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Picture: AFP

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SOCCER: Russia kicked off its World Cup in style, thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of 80,000 fans in Moscow..

It goes down as the biggest World Cup opening day win since 1934.

Australia’s Socceroos take on France tomorrow night in their opening match. Veteran Aussie Tim Cahill needs just one goal in Russia to join Brazilian soccer legend Pele as one of only four players to score in four soccer World Cups.

Easton Wood of the Bulldogs clutches his hamstring. Picture: Getty media_cameraEaston Wood of the Bulldogs clutches his hamstring. Picture: Getty

AFL: The Western Bulldogs are counting the cost of a nightmarish loss to Port Adelaide in which its players suffered several injuries.

Captain Easton Wood went down with a serious hamstring injury along with midfielder Jackson Macrae (hamstring), Lukas Webb (thumb) and Tom Boyd (finger).

Three-time All-Australian Robbie Gray dazzled for the Power, leading them to a comfortable 57-point win.

The 30-year-old collected another best on ground performance after nabbing 28 disposals, 14 contested possessions, six clearances, four inside 50s and three goals.

Robert Jennings of the Rabbitohs beats Bevan French of the Eels. Picture: Getty media_cameraRobert Jennings of the Rabbitohs beats Bevan French of the Eels. Picture: Getty

NRL: South Sydney winger Robert Jennings has ruined older brother Michael’s 250-game celebrations with four tries in the Rabbitohs’ 42-24 thrashing* of Parramatta.

Facing off directly against older siblings Michael and George, Robert crossed twice in the first half to edge the Rabbitohs to a two-point lead at the break last night.

However the Eels’ defence fell off dramatically and the Rabbitohs took full advantage, with Robert completing his dream night with two more tries on the way to their 11th win of the season. They temporarily move to the top of the ladder ahead of Penrith and St George Illawarra, who are yet to play this round.

Jason Day of Australia plays his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship. Picture: AP media_cameraJason Day of Australia plays his shot from the 15th tee during the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship. Picture: AP

GOLF: Australia’s Jason Day has posted his equal worst round at the US Open to join a list of victims taken by a very difficult Shinnecock Hills course on day one in New York.

World No.8 Day struggled through strong winds to shoot nine-over-par 79, matching his score from round one at last year’s US Open when he missed the cut to play the final two rounds.

Tipped as a pre-tournament favourite, Day sits 10 shots back of clubhouse leaders Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, who each carded* 69 to climb to one-under the card.

TENNIS: Australian Nick Kyrgios has returned from a two-month absence to beat Germany’s Maximilian Marterer at the Stuttgart Open.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios plays with a ball as he faces Maximilian Marterer of Germany. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralia’s Nick Kyrgios plays with a ball as he faces Maximilian Marterer of Germany. Picture: AFP

The fourth seed, who missed the French Open with an elbow injury, received a bye in the first round and reached the quarter-finals with a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory.

There looked to be nothing wrong with Kyrgios’s serving arm as he banged down 20 aces on the grass and he delighted fans with a trademark trick shot that proved a turning point in the decider.

Amelia Kerr, 17-year-old cricketer who broke 21-year record with a score of 232 not out. media_cameraAmelia Kerr, 17-year-old cricketer who broke 21-year record with a score of 232 not out.

CRICKET: New Zealand’s outstanding cricket talent Amelia Kerr has made history in jaw-dropping fashion.

The 17-year-old White Ferns all-rounder has blasted a record-breaking 232 not out against Ireland — the highest score in the history of women’s One Day Internationals.

Kerr broke the 21-year old record held by Australian Belinda Clark, going past Clark’s 229 with a stunning display — finishing four, four, six as the White Ferns racked up 440-3 — their third consecutive score of 400 or more.

She then completed arguably the greatest individual performance in ODI history by taking 5-17 with the ball as Ireland were bowled out for 135 as New Zealand coast to a 305-run victory.

GLOSSARY

thrashing: huge defeat

carded: scored

arguably: it may be argued to prove a point

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which country did Russia defeat in its World Cup opening match?

2. How many disposals did Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray have?

3. Name the milestone the Eels’ Michael Jennings was celebrating.

4. How many shots behind is Jason Day from the leader?

5. Why did Nick Kyrgios miss the French Open?

6. Name the record-breaking score Ameial Kerr hit with the bat.

VCOP ACTIVITY

After reading the article, with a partner, highlight all the openers you can find in blue. Discuss if they are powerful and varied openers or not. Why do you think the journalists has used a mix of simple and power openers? Would you change any, and why?

QUESTION: Do you think Socceroo veteran Tim Cahill can join Brazilian soccer legend Pele as one of only four players to score in four soccer World Cups? Why or why not?

No one-word answers. Explain your reasons and use lot of adjectives.

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