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THE FINISH LINE

As Russia revels, an abysmal Argentina weeps

The World Cup host has sauntered into the knockout stage, but the two-time champion faces real prospect of an early flight home

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Russia's Cheryshev celebrating his goal against Egypt on Wednesday.

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Argentina's Messi seen before the game against Croatia on Friday.

THE fortunes of Russia - the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams competing at the 2018 World Cup - and the two-time champion Argentina could hardly be more contrasting.

Before the month-long tournament kicked off last week, the bookies would have quoted you some pretty long odds for Russia to...

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