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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

What next for Achilles the cat after error with Argentina victory over Nigeria?

The 'psychic' cat didn't get it right this time

If you didn't believe in the "psychic" World Cup cat Achilles before the Argentina versus Nigeria match, then you certainly have no reason to now.

He may have successfully chosen Russia to beat Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Iran to beat Morocco and Brazil to emerge victorious against Costa Rica, but the world of psychic animals predicting sporting results came crashing down as the ball connected with Marcus Rojo's right boot with just four minutes remaining of the Group D encounter.

Achilles, who is deaf as well as allegedly psychic, resides at the St Petersburg Hermitage museum, and follows a host of other animals from around the world who, it is claimed, have a sixth sense when it comes to predicting the outcome of matches.

In this instance, Achilles had two bowls of food placed in front of him with a flag of Argentina and Nigeria standing above each. He went for Nigeria, who lost 2-1 and are now out of the World Cup.

It remains to be seen whether Achilles will continue with his World Cup predictions.

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