Aleksandr Golovin, Russia’s new shining star

Igor Borunov (Russia)  
_Attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin was touted as a potential star at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ long before the start of the tournament, and the 22-year-old certainly did not disappointment in the Opening Match against Saudi Arabia, when he showcased all his talent in an outstanding display. And while never wise to rush to judgement after just one game, we looked in detail at Golovin’s performance to get an idea of what we can expect in Russia’s crucial next fixture against Egypt.

1-0 Golovin, who finds a pocket of space after a defender fell over, swings over an inch-perfect cross from the left wing for Yuri Gazinsky to head home.

2-0 Aleksandr injects a burst of pace, wins the ball on the edge of the Saudi penalty area and finds Roman Zobnin, who passes to the unmarked Denis Cheryshev. Dummy, shot, goal.

3-0 Another sublime cross into the box, this time from the right. Artem Dzyuba’s header nestles in the back of the net.

4-0 The only goal Golovin had no direct involvement in, even though he managed to get out of Cheryshev’s path in time, as the latter lined up a stunning volley into the bottom corner.

5-0 Deep into added time and Golovin is still driving forward. This time turning from creator to finisher, he wins a free-kick and curls a wonderful shot around the wall into the corner.

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