Knees-ups in Nikolskaya

Central Moscow was a revelation during the World Cup as fans mingled and danced their way through the night in Nikolskaya, a long shopping street that runs off Red Square.

Behaviour that wouldn’t be tolerated by authorities by local people was ignored. And thousands of Muscovites came to watch and take part.

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Nae more for Neymar – Belgium 2 Brazil 1

The omens were promising: a 77-year-old German-Canadian in the hostel was attending his 12th consecutive World Cup.

He travelled to his second – Argentina in 1978 – by cargo boat. “I saw Scotland, they weren’t very good.”

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Senegal v Colombia vid and accordion knees-up, Kazan

Some decent footage from the Senegal- Colombia game was ruined by the mic refusing to work, or just being rendered useless by the noise.

So, in effect, this is partly a silent movie – just tap your fingers along in what you think is the appropriate rhythm.

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Space, the final frontier – Colombia 1 Senegal 0

Space city Samara served up a cosmic cracker – the best atmosphere I’ve experienced as a ‘neutral’.

This game almost veered into sci-fi – I was half expecting Chewbacca to come on as sub for Senegal.

It was part-gig, part-sport, part-fashion show, part-performance art, part-continental catastrophe, part-national holiday.

It was a screaming, shattering, hysterical assault on all senses from the get-go.

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