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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

World Cup 2018: The secret lives of Russian goalposts - in pictures

Away from Russia's state-of-the-art World Cup stadia, a look the eclectic settings of spartan goalposts and pitches

The sometimes ramshackle goalposts give a glimpse of life away from the fervour of the World Cup finals that will be watched by fans from around the world.

Young Russians do pull-ups on the crossbar and run around on pitches in the shadow of the golden domes of Orthodox churches, old Soviet concrete walls and modern high-rises.

Locals also find alternative uses for the rusty, netless posts that have seen better days.

One man ties his goat to the upright, children take a dog for a walk, and a man gallops past another on horseback.

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