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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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A Taste of Soccer Glory Despite another hostage drama and the end of the privatization voucher, the most exciting news this week was Russia's 6-1 win over Cameroon in the World Cup after discouraging losses to Brazil and Sweden. Little known reserve striker Oleg Salenko came off the bench to score a competition-record five goals. Even though the team failed to advance to the second round, the entire country shared their moment in the sun. Komsomolskaya Pravda even changed its masthead to read, "What is the voucher? It's dead! Watch soccer!" Oleg Salenko could not betray the hopes of our readers, and he took the leader's mantel on himself. He made a fantastic, unbelievable leap from the reserve bench, where he sat the entire game against Brazil, to being the greatest striker in the world! A new star has appeared on Russia's horizon. Imagine what a celebration the Brazilians would have for such a striker! Well, maybe we are also capable of putting together a triumphal celebration in honor of our heroes ... Moskovsky Komsomolets, June 30, 1994