Victory for Russian Federation, ranked a lowly 70th in the world - three places below Saudi Arabia - was vital for the home nation's hopes of progressing, with tougher games against Egypt and Uruguay to come.
FFT would normally chuckle at such an overreaction - but then we remember watching that defensive display all over again.
"The opposing team really didn't have to make a huge effort to win this game", he said after a one-sided showing that marked a dream start for the home team in front of a capacity crowd.
Another substitute, Artem Dzyuba, made it 3-0 with about 20 minutes remaining, putting the game out of Saudi Arabia's reach.
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Earlier, British pop star Robbie Williams caused a stir during his performance at the opening ceremony by making an obscene gesture to a camera. It is estimated that the tournament will cost more than €12 billion, making it the most expensive football championship in history.
While no one in their right mind considered Saudi Arabia to be contenders for the trophy, Ezzat says the performance in Moscow fell well below expectation and named three players facing a "penalty" for their poor performance.
Russian Federation manager Stanislav Cherchesov was conducting his post-match press conference, when he was interrupted by a phone call from Putin. He later chipped the ball in for Russia's fourth goal in stoppage time.
While the mood is dark in the Saudi Arabia camp, it could not be brighter for the hosts.