Achilles, the oracle cat, who works in the Hermitage Museum

FIFA World Cup Oracle Cat to Predict Winner of Match Between Morocco, Iran

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ST. PETERSBURG, June 15 (Sputnik) - Achilles the cat, who lives at St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum and serves as the animal oracle for the FIFA World Cup, will predict the winner of the match between Morocco and Iran later on Friday, St. Petersburg's Committee for Tourism Development said Friday.

Morocco will face Iran at the 67,000-seater St. Petersburg Stadium later on Friday. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. Moscow time (15:00 GMT).

According to the committee, the prediction will be made in the Hermitage.

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Achilles, a congenitally deaf snow-white cat, who also predicted the match winners during the 2017 Confederations Cup, will predict the results of the World Cup matches set to be held in St. Petersburg on June 19, June 22, June 26, July 3 and July 20.

Earlier it was reported that Achilles had been chosen the World Cup animal oracle for being the most stress-resistant and human-oriented of about 50 cats living at the Hermitage. Achilles has been given the Russia football kit in the form of white and red overalls. His number is nine, which refers to the number of a cat's lives.

The World Cup will continue through July 15, with a total of 64 matches set to be played at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities.

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