Why It Matters

World Cup: Russia 2018 ticks all boxes


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