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Croatia’s Luka Modric fluffs big line but still prevails in duel with Eriksen | Kieran Pender

Real playmaker’s class is evident, though not everything went perfectly when he faced his Danish successor at Tottenham

Leafy Nizhny Novgorod, at the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers, has witnessed geniuses in action before. Maxim Gorky, a five-time Nobel literature prize nominee, was born in the city and spent patches of his life here. Nizhny Novgorod was even named after the writer – considered among Russia’s best – for much of the Soviet era. An imposing statue of Gorky continues to tower over the main square.

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