YAROSLAVL: Dolphins within the Russian metropolis of Yaroslavl predicted on Thursday the hosts would win their World Cup quarter-final towards Croatia Three-1 and transfer into the final 4 of the match. The 2 aquatic mammals – Mitya and Solnyshko – within the Yaroslavl dolphinarium have been thrown spherical discs depicting the flags of the 2 nations of their pool and needed to deliver them again. Each got here again on the similar time for a 1-1 draw after the primary run earlier than the Russian flag was returned sooner by Mitya within the final two throws for a predicted Three-1 Russia victory on Saturday. After trouncing Saudi Arabia 5-Zero within the match’s opening recreation after which beating Egypt Three-1, Russia misplaced Three-Zero to South People Uruguay however nonetheless superior previous the group stage. They then knocked out 2010 World Cup winners Spain on penalties within the spherical of 16 to arrange their quarter-final match towards the much-fancied Croats. The dolphins are a part of a rising menagerie of animals predicting World Cup video games. This cornucopia thus far contains Samara’s white goat Zabiyaka, St Petersburg’s cat Achilles, Spartak the lemur in Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad’s hippos Milya, Glyasik and Nizhny Novgorod’s tapir Cleopatra in addition to Sochi’s Harry the otter, who had wrongly predicted Spain would beat Russia.