"We saw Saudi Arabia's debut". "You know our warm feelings for you, but I hope you understand that I can not hope for success for your team today and may the best team win", Putin told Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Russia's new young hero Aleksandr Golovin showed he is already fed up with talk of a move to Juventus by walking out on a TV interviewer who quizzed him after the host nation's 5-0 opening World Cup win.
On Thursday, the FIFA World Cup started in Russian Federation.
Saudi Arabian side impressed the footballing fans with their passing skills and short cameo displays. "I can't worry about decisions that are out of my control".
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder starred in Russia's opening World Cup game on Thursday when he pulled the creative strings in a 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium.
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"We are very disappointed by the defeat", Ezzat was quoted as saying in the Al-Youm Assabaa newspaper. The other standout performer for Russian Federation was Denis Cheryshev, who scored twice, with the second a wonderful shot with the outside of his left boot that arced over the head of the Saudi Arabia goalkeeper, Abdullah al-Mayouf, and into the top corner.
Turki al-Sheikh, the country's sports authority chief, also hit out at the players, complaining in a video posted on Twitter that the players put in "less than five per cent effort".
He said: "These players have made my face go black with embarrassment and fury". In it, he talked about the doubts he has experienced since April.
Saudi Arabia fired Carlos Alberto Parreira after a 4-0 loss to hosts France in the group stages in 1998, even though four years earlier he had won the World Cup with his native Brazil. The team says Dzagoev underwent an MRI scan on Friday and "a timeframe for his treatment will be determined in the coming days".
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar in June 2017, severing diplomatic and transport ties with Doha.