Putin said he hoped fans, players and officials enjoy their stay in Russian Federation during the World Cup, reports Xinhua news agency.
Russian Federation welcomed the world to the World Cup today as cheerful fans streamed into Moscow and 10 other cities and President Vladimir Putin's government derided Western efforts to isolate him.
Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi described a "feeling of shame" after his side suffered a 5-0 hammering at the hands of hosts Russian Federation in the World Cup's opening game at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Russia's win was also the biggest in a World Cup opener in 84 years since Italy's 7-1 over the United States in 1934.
Putin smiled several times as he watched the game in a VIP box with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino attended the opener along with further dignitaries and heads of state - but none from Western European or North American countries.
Cheryshev chipped the ball over two Saudi defenders in the 43rd minute and shot over goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf's right side.
Gazinskiy headed in Golovin's cross to score the first goal of the 2018 event, with Dzagoev's replacement Cheryshev lashing in the second before the interval.
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Russian authorities have insisted lesbian and gay fans should feel safe travelling to the country for the World Cup, but some LGBT supporters told AFP they had received violent threats ahead of the tournament.
Minutes before the opening match Putin said: "I congratulate all of you at the start of the most important championship in the world".
Warm-up losses to Italy, Germany and Peru have not made for the best preparations for the Saudis as they chase a first victory in the World Cup finals since 1994 in their first appearance in the showpiece event since 2006.
Tatchell told the policemen that he wanted to talk to Putin about gay rights in Russian Federation, where promoting homosexuality to minors is illegal.
Pizzi was appointed to the job after Saudi Arabia qualified previous year for the finals.
The other Group A teams Uruguay and Egypt meet Friday in Yekaterinburg.
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.