HOST VICTORY Russia's forward Artem Dzyuba celebrates after scoring their third goal during the 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Of the five teams participating in the championship from Asia in this edition of the World Cup, Saudi Arabia took on the host nation.
The minister lamented that despite all the money and effort invested in the team, the Saudi footballers displayed but a fraction of their abilities during the June 14 game.
A "number of players" including goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf would be held accountable, he added.
According to the agency, Chinese fans purchased more than 40,000 tickets for the matches, which placed them ninth among the 2018 FIFA World Cup fan countries.
Collecting a pass from Roman Zobnin on the left of the box he showed great composure to nonchalantly flick the ball inches above two prone defenders desperately sliding in, before lashing into the roof of the net.
But he also lashed out at the players. "This is the reality that we must accept, these are their abilities and capabilities", al-Sheikh said on his Twitter account.
Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzi: "We were not doing what we wanted to do". But these are our players.
Saudi's defeat was widely hailed as one of the worst performances at a World Cup in recent times, and nearly certainly rules them out of progressing to the last 16.
Regional Arab media also blasted the "Green Falcons" for their humiliating defeat.
"Saudi Arabia was disappointing, by any standard", said Schmeichel, standing on a rooftop outside the Kremlin with the RT crew.
Envisaging the opportunity of leaving their mark on the widely-viewed opening game of the tournament, Saudi Arabia appeared out of their depth.
This year is the first World Cup finals tournament Saudi Arabia has reached since 2006.
Cheryshev is one of only two members of Stanislav Cherchesov's squad to play outside of Russian Federation and he has spent most of his life in Spain, moving to the Iberian peninsular when his father Dmitri signed for Sporting Gijon in 1996.
"Wherever we live, no matter what traditions we follow, we all share the love of football in one team, united by our love for this spectacular, bright, uncompromising game".