Why It Matters

World Cup: Russia 2018 ticks all boxes

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Amid fears of hooliganism, racism and terrorism, and the relatively more minor concerns of how the video assistant referee (VAR) would work out, this year's World Cup opened under a cloud of doubt.

But as the rain and smoke from the fireworks dissipated on Sunday, it was clear that the tournament had been an unmitigated success.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 17, 2018, with the headline 'Russia 2018 ticks all boxes'. Print Edition | Subscribe