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It has been one of the images of the World Cup so far. Eyebrows raised, shoulders back, palms upturned, Vladimir Putin savoured Russia’s breakthrough goal in the opening game against Saudi Arabia before he leant into a handshake with Mohammed bin Salman.
Putin was not finished. When the president’s team made it 5-0 in stoppage time, he held his hands wide apart in the most expansive of shrugs. There was no handshake on this occasion for the Saudi crown prince. With the scoreline as it was, it might have looked patronising.
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