Football: Russia World Cup scores on multiple fronts

France defender Benjamin Pavard scoring in the 57th minute to make it 2-2 during the 4-3 victory against Argentina. His goal is widely regarded as one of the better strikes of the tournament so far. Below: Denis Cheryshev of Russia scores the opener
France defender Benjamin Pavard scoring in the 57th minute to make it 2-2 during the 4-3 victory against Argentina. His goal is widely regarded as one of the better strikes of the tournament so far. PHOTOS: REUTERS, EPA-EFE
France defender Benjamin Pavard scoring in the 57th minute to make it 2-2 during the 4-3 victory against Argentina. His goal is widely regarded as one of the better strikes of the tournament so far. Below: Denis Cheryshev of Russia scores the opener
Denis Cheryshev of Russia scores the opener in the tense quarter-final against Croatia as Luka Modric looks on. The score was locked 2-2 after extra time, with Croatia winning 4-3 on penalties to end the amazing run of the host nation, ranked 70th in the world before the tournament and dismissed by most critics as no-hopers.PHOTOS: REUTERS, EPA-EFE
France defender Benjamin Pavard scoring in the 57th minute to make it 2-2 during the 4-3 victory against Argentina. His goal is widely regarded as one of the better strikes of the tournament so far. Below: Denis Cheryshev of Russia scores the opener
France defender Benjamin Pavard scoring in the 57th minute to make it 2-2 during the 4-3 victory against Argentina. His goal is widely regarded as one of the better strikes of the tournament so far. Below: Denis Cheryshev of Russia scores the opener in the tense quarter-final against Croatia as Luka Modric looks on. The score was locked 2-2 after extra time, with Croatia winning 4-3 on penalties to end the amazing run of the host nation, ranked 70th in the world before the tournament and dismissed by most critics as no-hopers.PHOTOS: REUTERS, EPA-EFE

Dramatic upsets, great goals and late game changers make this a World Cup for the ages

From Leo Tolstoy's War And Peace to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Russia has produced some masterpieces since the 19th century.

Its latest gift to the world has been this World Cup. While not yet a completed classic, the chapters that have been written hint at the possibility of a rousing crescendo that could yet make this football's best tournament ever.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2018, with the headline 'Top scores on multiple fronts'. Print Edition | Subscribe