So it begins. In any normal circumstances, Russia vs Saudi Arabia wouldn’t exactly be the most enticing football fixture. But as the curtain raiser to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it has a potential viewing audience of billions.
Probably two of the worst teams in the tournament, a lot actually rides on this first match of the World Cup. A win for either team would mean a great opportunity to finish in the top two of group A, where Uruguay and Egypt are probably slim favorites to progress to the knockout stages.
How can I watch and live stream Russia vs Saudi Arabia for free?
ITV and the ITV Hub are free for all UK viewers with a TV and TV license.
Highlights for ITV matches (but not BBC matches) will be available free to all UK viewers.
When is Russia vs Saudi Arabia?
Russia vs Saudi Arabia will take place on Thursday, June 14.
The match will kick off at 4pm UK time.
That’s 6pm in Moscow and Riyadh.
It will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with the opening ceremony to be shown live beforehand.
World Cup schedule: Russia vs. Saudi Arabia
When: Saturday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. ET
Where: Moscow, Russia, Luzhniki Stadium
MORE: Full World Cup schedule
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia TV channel, live stream
In the U.S., Russia vs. Saudi Arabia will be broadcast live on Fox. It can also be live-streamed on fuboTV (7-day free trial).
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrei Lunyov
Defenders: Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fyodor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Andrei Semyonov, Igor Smolnikov.
Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev, Alan Dzagoev, Yuri Gazinsky, Alexander Golovin, Daler Kuzyaev, Anton Miranchuk, Alexander Samedov, Alexander Yerokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Zobnin
Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba, Alexei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov
Saudi Arabia Roster
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais, Yasser Al Mosailem, Abdullah Al Mayouf
Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi, Yasser Al Shahrani, Mohammed Al Breik, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Ali Al Bulaihi
Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari, Abdulmalek Al Khaibri, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al Jassim, Houssain Al Mogahwi, Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno, Hattan Bahebri, Salem Al Dawsari, Yahya Al Shehri, Fahad Al Muwallad
Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi, Muhannad Assiri