cat from the Hermitage, Achilles, has predicted the victory of the Russian national team in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Saudi Arabia by a score of 1-0. In the presentation area of the St. Petersburg City Press Center, two bowls, marked with the teams’ flags, were put down for the oracle cat.
For a few minutes, Achilles hesitated to make a choice in favor of one team or the other, which should indicate a stubborn struggle in the upcoming match. The cat approached the bowl with the flag of Saudi Arabia on it, and then went the bowl with the Russian tricolor, but finally the cat made his choice and thus predicted the victory of Russia.
After Achilles made the forecast, he was dressed in the uniform of the Russian national team for a photo shoot. The uniform had number 250, which symbolizes the 250th anniversary of the service of cats to the Hermitage.
Achilles has repeatedly predicted the outcome of games, in particular, he “worked” at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup matches, held at St. Petersburg Stadium. On that occasion, the cat correctly predicted the outcome of the match between the national teams of Russia and New Zealand.