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Football: A Cup of shocks as favourites succumb to pressure and underdogs soak up pleasure

Cup shocks as lesser teams show heart while favourites succumb to weight of expectation

This has been the best World Cup I've seen, because you just cannot predict who will win.

It has been fantastic from the first big upset when Mexico beat Germany 1-0 in the opening Group F fixture. We also saw Australia hold France until very late in the game, and Iceland, the smallest country at the World Cup, holding two-time winners Argentina 1-1.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'Big guns face the pressure, underdogs soak up pleasure'. Print Edition | Subscribe