Zabivaka: Russia chooses wolf as 2018 Fifa World Cup mascot


Russia has chosen a wolf, named “Zabivaka”, as the mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Zabivaka, which in Russian means “one who scores”, designed by student Ekaterina Bocharova.

A public voting was launched on September 23 on FIFA’s official website and social networks on Thursday. Fans were asked to choose between a wolf, a cat and a tiger in a cosmonaut suit in the online poll, which attracted 1 million votes according to FIFA. On Friday, people could also cast their votes for a mascot on the Channel One’s official website, reports Tass.

The public voting was announced live in the “Vecherny Urgant” TV programme on Channel One on Saturday.

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Champions League: Lionel Messi hat-trick sends Barcelona waltzing past Manchester City


Scoring Seventh Champions League hat-trick, Lionel Messi reminds the world that he is the best. His 37th Barcelona hat-trick set the Catalan side on its way to a comprehensive four-goal win, leaving Guardiola with plenty to ponder ahead of the return fixture in November.

Messi pounced on a Fernandinho slip to nudge Barca in front on 17 minutes, and the Argentine doubled his tally on the hour mark following the dismissal of City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Then he swept in a third on 69 minutes to complete a second straight hat-trick in Europe, while Barca also finished the game a man down after substitute Jeremy Mathieu picked up a second booking.

It’s the second time Guardiola has returned to Barca since leaving in 2012 and it was the second time he’s been humbled by his former pupil, Messi. The Argentine scored two against the Catalan’s Bayern side and his hat trick here took him to six goals in just two Champions League games this season.

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