FIFA World Cup

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Interesting facts about Opening Matches


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When Russia host Saudi Arabia on 14 June in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, it will be the 21st World Cup Opening Match in history.

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No host team has ever lost an Opening Match. They have won 6 and drawn 3.

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The fastest goal in Opening Match history was scored by Brazil's Cesar Sampaio in the 4th minute at France 98 against Scotland, and the first-ever goal was scored by Frenchman Lucien Laurent against Mexico in 1930.

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Mexico is the team that have played the most Opening Matches. Out of five, they've lost three and drawn two.

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Only two teams have played the Opening Match and won the title: Italy in 1934 and England in 1966.