World Cup Opening Matches

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Interesting facts about Opening Matches


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


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


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.


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


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