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World Cup 2018 match ball released - yep, that's right, another one

Just as we were all getting used to the old one, Adidas have announced that a new World Cup match ball will be used for the knockout stage of the competition.

The Telstar 18 ball has been used during the group stages, but all matches from the last-16 phase onward will be contested using the new Mechta 18.

The Telstar Mechta is entirely similar to your common or garden Telstar, with the only minor differences being the introduction of red speckles to the design and, of course, the name.

Whether or not Adidas introduce a further official match ball for the final in Moscow on July 15 (and maybe even another for the third-place playoff) remains to be seen, but we'd posit that there's a more than good chance.