"And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck".
The decision means that for the first time in World Cup history three nations will share hosting duties.
But if you want to track the tournament through the groups all the way to the final on July 15 you can download Express Sport's World Cup wall chart.
In other developments, the football world governing body FIFA has embraced the technology of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) which will be used for the first time in the tournament's history.
Just 12 minutes into the match, the Saudi backline got caught out of place after a corner kick, leaving a wide open opportunity for Yury Gazinsky to score the opening goal of the tournament.
The World Cup will go from a 32-team tournament to 48, however the victor will play the same amount of games (7) as they do now.
Dzagoev's replacement, Cheryshev, certainly stepped into the breach by scoring two goals after replacing the CSKA Moscow midfielder, including a stunner to make it 4-0, but the hosts can not afford to have their resources depleted even further by the loss of one of their best players.
One concern for Russian Federation, however, is that creative midfielder Alan Dzagoev appears to have injured a hamstring in the first half.
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The games will be available for the first time this year in six local languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu.
Russian Federation next play Egypt on Tuesday in St Petersburg while the Saudis face Uruguay the following day in Rostov-on-Don.
Perhaps the hosts aren't quite as bad as has been feared.
The match is scheduled to kick off at 8:30pm IST, with opening ceremonies beginning about 30 minutes beforehand.
Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi does not speak any Arabic but it will not take long for them to become aware of his Spanish description of their performance as shameful.
Saudi Arabia's route to the knockout round is much more hard.
Speaking in Russian, Putin thanked Federation Internationale de Football Association for being "one big team" that has helped Russia prepare for the "most significant event in global sport".