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Knockout stages begin for World Cup
World Cup Colombia fans
In this Thursday photo, fans of Colombia's soccer team celebrate their team's victory over Senegal after watching a live telecast of the match at the World Cup, in Bogota, Colombia. - photo by ASSCOCIATED PRESS
KAZAN, Russia — Wow. What a start. If you're among those who suspect this World Cup has the makings of one of the best ever, the numbers from the just-completed group stage of the football showcase suggest you may be right. Aside from a few snoozers, the essential ingredient for engrossing sporting spectacle — uncertainty — triumphed.