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Achilles the Cat predicts Russian victory over Saudi Arabia in WC opener01:21

Achilles the Cat predicts Russian victory over Saudi Arabia in WC opener

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
June 14, 2018 at 01:25 GMT -00:00 · Published

Forget Paul the Octopus, Daisy the Seal and all the other false football prophets!

A cat named Achilles from the State Hermitage Museum predicted the Russian football team will beat Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the World Cup, at a presentation in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

Offered a choice of two bowls of food, the furry oracle wavered for a moment before eventually opting for the one under the Russian flag. The cat and a Russian victory is now out of the bag!

Hermitage museum spokesperson Maria Haltunen said that "we do not know for sure which team is better that is why we cannot have influence [on the cat's choice]."

For the duration of the tournament, the psychic cat will be asked to predict the outcome of every game held in his home town of Saint Petersburg.

Achilles has a good record when it comes to making predictions, having already become famous during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Achilles the Cat predicts Russian victory over Saudi Arabia in WC opener01:21
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Forget Paul the Octopus, Daisy the Seal and all the other false football prophets!

A cat named Achilles from the State Hermitage Museum predicted the Russian football team will beat Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the World Cup, at a presentation in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

Offered a choice of two bowls of food, the furry oracle wavered for a moment before eventually opting for the one under the Russian flag. The cat and a Russian victory is now out of the bag!

Hermitage museum spokesperson Maria Haltunen said that "we do not know for sure which team is better that is why we cannot have influence [on the cat's choice]."

For the duration of the tournament, the psychic cat will be asked to predict the outcome of every game held in his home town of Saint Petersburg.

Achilles has a good record when it comes to making predictions, having already become famous during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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