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Quarter-finals, and the end of Ghana’s epic

By David Goldblatt  

The Uruguayan boot prevails

Waking up in England to the quarter-finals of the World Cup reminded me of an episode of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in which the boys decide, as an experiment in alternative realities, to stop taking drugs and be straight for a bit. As we shift from frame to frame the cartoon begins to dissolve into a grim photographic reality: a filthy kitchen piled high with dirty washing-up, stained floors and broken windows. By frame six they are filling…

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