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John Cassidy on the World Cup round of sixteen: http://nyr.kr/1nWMIgE

“Every game is an elimination match, the equivalent of a Game Seven in a baseball or basketball playoff series. That makes things exciting, but it also tends to produce tense, low-scoring games, and misery for the fans. All too often, the games end in penalty shootouts, which, to any soccer purist, are coronary-inducing abominations.”

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