Uruguay beats Saudi Arabia, Clinches Last-16 Place

Thanks to a goal from Luis Suarez, Uruguay clinched its place in the World Cup knockout stage by beating Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don, Russia on Wednesday. As a result, Russia, which defeated Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday, also made it through to the round of 16. Matchday 3 will determine which of the two wins the group when both nations meet on Monday.

Uruguay started the match as expected, with an extra desire to take control of the game from the getgo as Luis Suarez was already causing problems in the first minutes. His shot from inside the box was dealt with but you could sense he was more than ready to make amends after a dissapointing matchday one.

Saudi Arabia, however, also looked much better as Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team was passing the ball with much more accuracy and pace.

By the 10th minute, in fact, it was clear the South Americans were relying more on the counter while allowing its opponent to have the ball, at least it would enter the final third. In the 11th minute, Edinson Cavani had his first look at goal thanks to a cross from the left-hand side but his shot went high above the goal.

But in the 22nd minute, Luis Suarez capitalized from Uruguay’s third corner and made it 1-0 against its opponent as Mohammed Al-Owais completely misjudged the ball coming into the box. It was his 52nd goal on his 100th cap. The Barcelona star also became the first Uruguayan to score in three different World Cups.

After the goal, Saudi Arabia pushed for the equalizer as it committed more numbers in the final third but Uruguay held strong not allowing any chances, especially outside the box.

The second half was a strong start from Saudi Arabia, as its quick possession game continued while looking for the through ball for Fahad Al Muwallad, but with no avail. In the 49th minute, Luis Suarez attempted a long freekick but was parried away by Mohammed Al-Owais.

In the 60th minute, a fantastic cross into the box from Carlos Sanchez was missed by its targets and Saudi Arabia escaped a second goal from Uruguay. Almost immediately, Sanchez became the target man himself as Cavani found him in the box from the left hand side, but the header went above the bar.

With twenty minutes remaining, Pizzi’s team kept searching, specifically working the wide areas while looking for chances to put the ball in and disrupt Fernando Muslera in goal, but Uruguay’s backline stood firm.

In the 79th minute a deflected shot, which ended up hitting Cavani’s head and forcing an attempt on goal but it ended wide of the Saudi Arabian goal. By the end, the lone goal was enough to secure a victory for La Celeste, and along with Russia, they became the first two teams to qualify for the round of 16.

Here are the rosters for both sides:

URUGUAY

Goalkeepers: Martin Campana (Independiente), Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama)

Defenders: Martin Caceres (Lazio), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Guillermo Varela (Penarol)

Midfielders: Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Gaston Ramirez (Sampdoria), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan)

Forwards: Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta), Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

Manager: Oscar Tabarez

SAUDI ARABIA

Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al-Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al-Mayouf (Al Hilal)

Defenders: Mansoor Al-Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al-Breik (Al HIlal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al Hilal)

Midfielders: Abdullah Al-Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al-Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al-Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al-Faraj (Al Hilal), Mohamed Kanno (Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al-Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al-Shehri (Al Nassr)

Forwards: Fahad Al-Muwallad (Al Ittihad), Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli)

Manager: Juan Antonio Pizzi

Spain vs Iran final score || Hierro’s team avoids World Cup upset

Spain earned its first win at the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday, narrowly beating Iran 1-0 on a fortunate goal from Diego Costa. Iran played toe-to-toe with Spain and deserved more from the match, but Spain’s central defense made some important stops, got the winner in the second half and held on to move into a tie for first place with Portugal in Group B.

Costa’s goal came in the 54th minute as a defender tried to kick the ball away. The ball hit Costa and founds its way into the goal. Take a look:

Not an impressive result for Spain, who didn’t look nearly as sharp in attack as they did in the 3-3 draw against Portugal to open the tournament. They did have 69 percent possession and 17 shots, but only managed three on target. Iran failed to have a shot on target in the game but looked to have scored late; however, video assistant referee confirmed offside.

And this leaves the group really tight for the finish. Spain and Portugal are on four points, while Iran is on three, making the last group stage match between Portugal and Iran a massive one with huge implications. Spain will finish the group stage by facing Morocco. Both games will take place Monday at 2 p.m. ET.

You can stream the World Cup games on fuboTV (Try for free).

Morocco vs Portugal || FIFA World Cup™ 2018 Live Updates

After a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain, Portugal looks for an easier World Cup 2018 game in Moscow on Wednesday. For Morocco, an upset win is crucial after a disappointing loss to Iran.

How to watch: In the U.S., Fox Sports 1 and Telemundo have the broadcast at 8 a.m. Eastern, but you can stream it here.

Portugal vs. Morocco Top Story Lines

• Portugal played hands down the most entertaining game of the first round of the World Cup in years, its 3-3 barnburner with Spain.

• As for the team’s superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, ho-hum, he only had a hat trick: a penalty, a shot from open play and a free kick. What might he possibly do against Morocco?

• Portugal is the reigning European champion, but it was only eighth favorite for the Cup when the tournament began. Here are the current World Cup odds.

• Morocco dominated its opener against Iran, but was unlucky to lose to a late own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz.

• Iran are the surprise group leaders with 3 points, but Spain and Portugal still look like the most likely qualifiers with 1 point each. Morocco has a mountain to climb at 0 points with games against Spain and Portugal to come.

Fifa World Cup 2018 || Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia TV coverage

SLOW-STARTING Uruguay will be looking to secure their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup with a valuable three points against Saudi Arabia.

The South American giants started slowly, scraping to a rather dull win against Egypt, who were without star man Mohamed Salah.

A misfiring Luis Suarez will want to put his shooting boots on after a poor display against the Egyptians kept him off the scoresheet.

“I’ve seen (Lionel) Messi, Pele and Maradona not having a good day, not playing to their potential in matches, this is not a sin,” said Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez.

“This is what happens to strikers, they have good times when every shot flies in and the goal seems to be huge, and on other days the posts seem smaller. As long as he gives his all, we are happy.”

The Saudis are coming off the back of a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the hosts and their World Cup got even worse this week when their official team plane was forced to make an emergency landing after catching fire with the whole squad still on board.

Thankfully, everyone was okay, but the shaken-up players will have a hard task at hand when they take on two-time World Cup winners Uruguay.

Russia ® Hands a Crushing Loss to Egypt With a Flurry of ® Goals

The World Cup host Russia continued its blistering form, defeating Egypt, 3-1, in Saint Petersburg Tuesday night and all but qualifying for the knockout rounds for the first time since 1986, when it competed as the Soviet Union. In a largely even and back-and-forth match, Russia’s three second half goals in 16 minutes stunned the Egyptians.

Mohamed Salah, who made his World Cup debut after missing Egypt’s opening match against Uruguay with a shoulder injury, scored a consolation penalty, but the Egyptian attack was never able to get in gear. Barring an improbable sequence of events, Egypt’s World Cup will be over after its match against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

The opening 45 minutes were lively, with both teams eager to get forward and attack, but there were few clear shots on goal. Russia tried to feed crosses into the 6-foot-5-inch striker Artem Dzyuba, while Egypt alternated between playing through Salah on the wing or putting in their own crosses for Marwan Mohsen.

The second half, however, began disastrously for Egypt. Just after the half began, Roman Zobnin sent a bouncing ball towards the back post, where the Egyptian defender Ahmed Fathi was wrestling with Dzyuba. Fathi attempted to clear the ball as he fell over, but it bounced off his leg and past Mohamed El-Shenawy into the net for a 47th-minute goal.

Russia’s second came just 10 minutes later. Right back Mário Fernandes drove to the end line before cutting the ball back near the penalty spot, where an open Denis Cheryshev slotted the ball home for his third goal of the tournament.

Things would get worse before they got better for Egypt, as Dzyuba finally got his deserved goal minutes later. Russia lobbed a hopeful free kick from the halfway line toward goal. The agile big man controlled the ball with his chest, slipped past an Egyptian defender, and fired home to put Russia ahead by 3-0.

Egypt poured numbers forward for the final thirty minutes of the game, knowing they needed at least three, and probably four, goals to keep their World Cup hopes alive. It was not to be.

Salah did pull one back after he was brought down in the box and awarded a penalty kick, which he thumped past Igor Akinfeev in the 73rd minute for Egypt’s first goal of the tournament. But Salah looked rusty, and struggled with his first touch all night. Unable to drag Egypt to victory, as he did with Liverpool so many times last season, and without any other attackers capable of doing so, Salah was helpless as Russia saw out the game easily.

To miss the knockout round now, Russia would have to lose to Uruguay, see Saudi Arabia defeat both Uruguay and Egypt, and surrender its enormous goal differential. Similarly, to qualify for the next round Egypt would have to beat Saudi Arabia, see Saudi Arabia and Russia defeat Uruguay, and win out on goal differential.

Neither is likely to happen.

Here’s how the game unfolded:

95’: It’s All Over!

Russia’s defense stands firm, and they hold on for a 3-1 victory.

90’: Time Running Out

The referee indicates four minutes of stoppage time.

86’: Late Changes for Both Sides

Egypt brought Ramadan Sobhi on for Trezeguet a few minutes ago, and now Russia swaps Fedor Kudryashov for Yury Zhirkov.

84’: Careful Counters

With Egypt throwing everybody forward, Russia has had a couple of counter attack opportunities. But they’re cautiously only sending one or two players, and the attacks mostly fizzle out.

83’: Desperation for Egypt

About 10 minutes left for Egypt, who need to score at least two, and probably three, goals to keep its hopes of advancing alive.

79’: Both Scorers off for Russia

The other Russian goalscorer, Artem Dzyuba, comes off for Fedor Smolov.

74’: Defensive Move for Russia

One of the Russian goal scorers, Denis Cheryshev, comes off for Daler Kuzyayev, a more defensive midfielder.

72’: GOAL EGYPT!

Mohamed Salah is dragged down in the box by Roman Zobnin while going for the ball. He might’ve been outside the box when first tugged, however. But after a video review, the referee awards a penalty kick.

Salah takes it, dancing towards the ball before emphatically thumping it into the top right corner.

67’: Wasted Chance

Egypt’s best chance of the match, as Trezeguet receives a square pass and is open at the top of the box. He tries passing the ball into the bottom of the net, but his shot goes just wide. As if punishment for his shot, Trezeguet makes way for Ramadan Sobhi a minute later.

64’: Change for Egypt

Amr Warda comes on for Mohamed Elneny, but it’s probably too little too late for the Pharoahs, after a brutal 16 minutes saw Russia score three goals.

62’: RUSSIA AGAIN!

Big Artem Dzyuba (he’s 6’5”) takes down a lob from half field, dribbles past an Egyptian defender and slots the ball past Mohamed El-Shenawy to give Russia a 3-0 lead.

It was really a goal that came out of nowhere. But when you send the ball into the mixer and have the tallest player on the field, sometimes good things happen.

Matthew Futterman: Russia is on its way to the round of 16, where Portugal or Spain will likely await. That will be one whale of a match, especially if Cristiano Ronaldo gets to take on the home team.

59’: A SECOND FOR RUSSIA!

Denis Cheryshev gets his third goal of the tournament. Mário Fernandes took a pass on the corner of the six-yard box and drove to the end line, before cutting the ball back to an open Cheryshev, who wasn’t going to miss from that close. Cheryshev’s third goal draws him even with Cristiano Ronaldo for the tournament lead.

57’: Egyptian Chances, Finally

Better from Egypt, who get several dangerous crosses into the box. Mo Salah’s shot from close is blocked out, and Russia is able to pounce first and clear a loose ball on the subsequent corner.

52’: Not So Dangerous

Egypt’s response to going down a goal has been to surge forward, but the quality of their passing is lacking.

48’: Own Goal’s Stock Rising

So far, Own Goal is the striker of the tournament.

47’: GOAL Russia!

It’s an own goal in Russia’s favor! Battling with big Russian forward Artem Dzyuba in the box, Egyptian right back Ahmed Fathi half swings at the ball, and it bounces off his leg and past his own keeper.

Halftime: Good Bit of Action, No Goals

The two sides go into halftime goalless, though not for a lack of trying. Russia might be content with a draw and a point, but Egypt will most likely push for a goal and the victory in the second half.

42’: Salah Gets a Look

Marwan Mohsen dummies a pass that finds Mo Salah at the top of the box. He mis-controls the ball but is still able to take a shot mostly facing away from the goal. It goes wide.

Matthew Futterman: There is nothing like the moment when the star gets the ball in a dangerous spot with a single defender to beat. You could feel 65,000 people holding their breath on that Salah chance at the 18. His shot wasn’t all that close, but it was a moment.

40’: Just Pump in the Crosses

Both teams are looking to find their big strikers in the box with crosses. Marwan Mohsen of Egypt and Artem Dzyuba of Russia have each gotten their heads on a couple of balls, but haven’t had a clean look at a header.

Matthew Futterman: It’s deafening in here. I can’t imagine what it must be like for the referee, Enrique Caceres of Paraguay, to officiate a Russia game in Putin’s Russia. Russia has gotten a few non-calls so far. It’s something to keep an eye on. Referees are all too human.

34’: Salah Threatens

A flick-on header almost finds Mo Salah at the back post, but Russia is able to clear before he gets a foot on the ball. The subsequent corner is wasted.

33’: Calm Before the Storm?

Things have calmed a bit, with the teams trading possession in midfield. Let’s hope it presages a storm of goals.

25’: Salah Quiet So Far

Not too much involvement from Mo Salah yet, though Egyptian players have ballooned a number of speculative balls to his side of the field. For Liverpool, Salah tracks back and is a tenacious defender, but for the Pharaohs he seems to be saving his energy to attack.

22’: High-Quality Start

This has been a pretty fun game so far. The teams are evenly matched, possession is split, and neither are afraid to commit numbers forward in the attack.

Matthew Futterman: For all of the attention that Mo Salah gets, Egypt is here because they stopped giving up goals by the bundle. They are a pretty defensive team that needs that back line to stay organized. So far so good. After Russia’s early flourish, most of the chances have been from long range.

19’: Russia Fires Back

Denis Cheryshev, who scored two goals against Saudi Arabia, claims a loose ball at the top of the box and fires a shot at Egypt’s goal, but it goes over.

16’: Egypt Has a Go

Egypt’s Trezeguet pops free at the edge of the Russian box and curls a shot toward goal. It looked to beat Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev but was just wide of the post.

11’: One-Way Traffic

Russia is piling the pressure on the Egyptian goal, but haven’t yet had better than a half-chance.

06’: Two More for Russia

Sergey Ignashevich gets a header on goal, but he’s traveling backward and it has no power. Egypt subsequently gave the ball away in the middle of the field, but Aleksandr Golovin’s shot from the top of the area goes wide.

04’: Early Chance for Russia

Egypt controlling more of the ball early, but the best chance went to Russia, who intercepted a wayward crossfield pass and almost slipped Dzyuba in on goal.

01’: And We’re Off!

Russia is in red, Egypt in white.

All Eyes on El-Shenawy

To hold the Russians to fewer than the five goals they scored against Saudi Arabia, Egypt will be relying on goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, who plays for Al Ahly, Egypt’s best domestic club. El-Shenawy was named man of the match against Uruguay, as he coped well with constant pressure and parried away three shots.

Russia’s Starting Lineup

1. Igor Akinfeev

4. Sergey Ignashevich

3. Ilya Kutepov

18. Yury Zhirkov

2. Mario Fernandes

17. Aleksandr Golovin

11. Roman Zobnin

8. Iury Gazinsky

22. Artem Dzyuba

6. Denis Cheryshev

19. Aleksandr Samedov

Egypt’s Starting Lineup

23. Mohamed El-Shenawy

6. Ahmed Hegazi

2. Ali Gabr

13. Mohamed Abdel-Shafy

7. Ahmed Fathi

19. Abdalla Said

8. Tarek Hamed

17. Mohamed Elneny

9. Marwan Mohsen

21. Trezeguet

10. Mohamed Salah

FIFA World Cup™ 2018: Japan beat 10-man Colombia in Group H

Colombia conceded a penalty and had a man sent off inside three minutes, with Carlos Sanchez dismissed for handling Shinji Kagawa’s shot at a goal left exposed by terrible defending.

After the first red card shown at this World Cup – and the second fastest in history at two minutes 56 seconds – Kagawa scored the spot-kick.

Japan should have increased their lead soon after as Takashi Inui and Yuya Osako wasted fine openings.

They were punished when Juan Quintero’s clever free-kick, fired low under the jumping wall, brought Jose Pekerman’s Colombia on level terms six minutes before the break.

Colombia had never come back to win a World Cup match in which they had conceded the opening goal – across 10 games – and star player Rodriguez was brought on in the second half, not having been deemed fit enough to start.

However, it was Japan who regained the lead, Osako finishing with a header from Keisuke Honda’s corner.

Rodriguez had been struggling to leave a mark on the game, with Japan at last making their extra man count and dominating possession as might be expected, but there would be one big chance late on.

Freed into space after a clever backheel, Rodriguez’s blistering strike from inside the box was deflected over the bar by a brave lunge from Osako.

This was the first time Japan had won a World Cup game on European soil, and the first time they had beaten a side from South America at the tournament.

For Colombia, who reached the quarter-finals in 2014, this was a miserable defeat that leaves them with two very important games against Poland and Senegal to come.

Dream start for Japan

You might have been forgiven if you had given Japan no chance before this match.

Not only did their history of results at European World Cups and against South American teams go against them, but their build-up was also disrupted by an alarm that went off in the early hours of Monday morning at the team hotel.

Many of the tens of thousands of Colombia fans in Saransk were certainly in confident mood. Maybe too confident.

But on the pitch Japan could not have dreamed of a better start. Davinson Sanchez was caught out by a ball over the top, Osako’s shot was saved by Ospina’s legs and Kagawa’s follow-up was clearly stopped by the hand of former Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez.

Kagawa coolly slotted home another first – Japan’s first goal from the penalty spot at a World Cup.

There were still sloppy moments and some wasteful finishing – they managed to hit the target five times from 14 attempts – but Akira Nishino’s side did enough to secure a potentially significant victory.

There were questions over the sacking of manager Vahid Halilhodzic in April, despite the Bosnian having lost only twice during qualifying, but Nishino and his players now have something to build on.

Colombia defeat could be crucial

At least Carlos Sanchez, now of Espanyol, will not take first place in the history books. The dubious honour for the quickest red card at the World Cup remains with Uruguay’s Jose Alberto Batista, who was sent off against Scotland in 1986 after 54 seconds.

Nonetheless, this could be a crucial defeat for Colombia in a tight group.

The red card was the biggest factor, but so was the absence of Rodriguez from the starting line-up, plus Radamel Falcao’s slightly tentative finishing from two half-chances from balls played over the top.

That Colombia were able to drag themselves back into the game relied on neither of their two big stars. Instead it was Quintero who continued his international renaissance with a lovely goal.

He received his first cap in three years in March, having lost his way at club level since the 2014 World Cup, when Colombia reached the quarter-finals for the first time.

Quintero became the first Colombian to score at two World Cups, and his strike was the fourth goal direct from a set-piece, surpassing the three scored at the previous World Cup – only six days into this tournament.

Man of the match – Yuya Osako (Japan)

‘We will save our celebration’ – what they said

Japan coach Akira Nishino: “Our players were aggressive from the start and that worked very well for us. This is just one win and three points, so we will save our celebration.

“From the start I thought we could be very aggressive and of course we had the advantage of more players. However, I said at half-time, ‘It is not just the number of players. Keep moving, get the positioning advantage, to deprive the Colombian front players of their stamina.’

“In the second half we could control the game and ball better and that is why we got the second goal.”

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman: “We were expecting something completely different. We were hoping to start with a victory.

“Right now our pain is precisely because after that huge effort, after scoring that goal, we lost because we were worn down.

“We were tired and even if I tried subbing on a couple of fresh players it was very hard for us to recover possession and Japan had its opportunities,”

“The positive side of all this is that you could see the team managed to rise to the occasion. We can make up for this first defeat in the next two matches.”

Japan make history – the stats

  • Japan became the first Asian side to beat South American opposition at the World Cup (P18 W1 D3 L14).
  • This is the first World Cup since 1974 in which four South American teams have failed to win their opening game
  • None of Colombia’s 19 games at the World Cup has ended goalless. The only nations that have played more games in the competition without recording a 0-0 are USA (33) and Austria (29).
  • Keisuke Honda is the first player from an Asian nation to provide an assist in three different World Cups since 1966.
  • Eiji Kawashima (35 years, 91 days) became the oldest player to appear for Japan in a World Cup match.

England vs Tunisia Strat time, TV Channel, Live Stream, World Cup 2018

It is England vs Tunisia, the first match for Gareth Southgate’s side at the 2018 World Cup.

After plenty of talk about a positive atmosphere and a relaxed look to this England squad, we get a chance to see the team under tournament pressure.

Gareth Southgate’s men will be attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb.

It’s no surprise that the nation’s expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. Will it change this time around?

When is it?

Monday, June 18, 2018 – ie tonight.

Where is it?

At the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd.

What time is kick-off?

It’s a 7pm BST start, so make sure to get home from work in good time.

What TV channel is it on?

The BBC and ITV are sharing coverage of the World Cup, but BBC have rights to the first England match. You can watch their build-up on BBC One from 6.15pm.

Alternatively, you can follow this match – and all 64 across the tournament – live here with Telegraph Sport.

Latest team news England

England’s Fabian Delph is ready to miss a World Cup match to be at the birth of his third child.

All eyes are on Monday’s Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate’s squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early.

Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie’s side.

It is hard to remember a similar scenario with England at a major tournament, but the midfielder’s partner is due to give birth on June 30 – just two days after the final Group G match against Belgium.

“I don’t think it would affect me mentally,” Delph said.

“Obviously I’d have to get back to England and then get back again, so that’s obviously not ideal but it’s part of life.

“I’m about to have my third child and I’m not going to miss it if I can help it, but I want to get back as fast as I can, so we’ll have to see.”

England probable (3-5-2): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young, Sterling, Kane

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Monday, June 18

Parity has come to the World Cup.

Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories.

Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil tied No. 6 Switzerland, No. 4 Portugal drew 10th-ranked Spain, and No. 5 Argentina tied 22nd-ranked Iceland.

Among other teams in the top 12, only No. 7 France (over No. 36 Australia) and co-No. 12 Denmark (against No. 11 Peru) have victories.

No. 3 Belgium, No. 7 France, No. 8 Poland and co-No. 12 England haven’t played, and No. 9 Chile failed to qualify.

MONDAY’S MATCHES

GROUP F
Sweden vs South Korea (7:00 am Jamaica time)

GROUP G
Belgium vs Panama (10:00 am Jamaica time)
Tunisia vs England (1:00 pm Jamaica time)

FIFA World Cup 2018 today: Mexico shocks Germany, 1-0 in group

Day four of the FIFA World Cup 2018 opened with Costa Rica defeating Serbia 1-0 in Group E on Sunday thanks to Aleksandar Kolarov’s curling free kick. The goal drew comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo’s kick two days prior that helped Portugal score a 3-3 draw with Spain.

In Group F, Mexico shocked the world by defeating Germany 1-0 in one of the most anticipated matchups of the opening stages. Hirving Lozano scored his team’s lone goal in the 35th minute Sunday. Meanwhile, Brazil tied Switzerland 1-1 in their Group E matchup.

2018 World Cup Standings

After the opening two days of play, the standings are as follows. Teams are awarded three points for a win and one for a tie. (win – loss – tie)

Group A Standings

  1. Russia  (1-0-0) 3 points
  2. Uruguay (1-0-0) 3 points
  3. Egypt (0-0-1) 0 points
  4. Saudi Arabia 0-0-1), 0 points

Group B Standings

  1. Iran (1-0-0), 3 points
  2. Portugal (0-1-0) 1 point
  3. Spain (0-1-1) point
  4. Morocco (0-0-0) 0 points

Group C Standings

  1. France(1-0-0) 3 points
  2. Denmark (1-0-0) 3 points
  3. Peru (0-0-0) 0 points
  4. Australia (0-0-0), 0 points

Group D Standings

  1. Croatia (1-0-0) 3 points
  2. Argentina (0-1-0) 1 point
  3. Iceland (0-1-0) 1 point
  4. Nigeria (0-0-1) 0 points

Group E Standings

  1. Serbia (1-0-0) 3 points
  2. Brazil (0-1-0) 1 point
  3. Switzerland (0-1-0) 1 point
  4. Costa Rica (0-1-0) 0 point

Group F Standings

  1. Mexico (1-0-0) 3 points
  2. South Korea (0-0-0) 0 points
  3. Sweeden (0-0-0) 0 points
  4. Germany (0-0-0) 0 point

World Cup matches Sunday

*all times Eastern

Serbia defeats Costa Rica 1-0 (Group E)

Costa Rica and Serbia are facing a tough group with Brazil and Switzerland. Anything less than a win almost guarantees they will not advance out of the group.

Keylor Navas, the Costa Rican keeper, had been stellar from the start. It took until the second half, but Serbia finally figured out how to get the ball past him when Aleksandar Kolarov lined up and sailed a free kick in the upper corner in the 56th minute.

Costa Rica never let up, at times playing scrappy and almost desperate, accumulating a few yellow cards and a late foul that could have led to a red card. In the end, Kolarov’s lone goal of the match was all that was needed. Three points to Serbia.

Goals

  • 56′ – Aleksandar Kolarov (SRB)

Cards

  • 22′ – Francisco Calvo (SRB)
  • 56′ – David Guzman  (SRB)
  • 59′ – Branislav Ivanovic (CRC)
  • 90′ +8′ – Aleksandar Prijovic (CRC)

Mexico defeats Germany 1-0 (Group E)

Mexico produced the first surprise upset of the 2018 World Cup. Their Group F match against Germany was one of the most anticipated of the group stage. But the underdogs gave fans their moneys worth.

A 35th minute counter attack and brilliant finish from Mexico stunned Germany and sent the stadium rocking. Chicharito started the counter attack for Mexico and two passes later, the German goalkeeper was picking himself off the ground and the ball out of the back of the net.

Goals

  • 35′ – Hirving Lozano (MEX)

Cards

  • 40′ – Hector Moreno (MEX)
  • 83′ – Thomas Muller (GER)
  • 84′ – Mats Hummels (GER)
  • 90′ – Hector Herrera (MEX)

Brazil vs. Switzerland (Group E)

Brazil is one of the favorites to win it all this year. They have Neymar back, but will be missing defender Dani Alves due to an ACL injury. Switzerland will need to come up with some goals and be strong in the back to have a chance.

How to watch, start time and live stream

  • Date: Sunday, June 17
  • Time: 2 p.m. EST
  • Location: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
  • Follow live: Brazil vs Switzerland (CBS Sports)
  • TV: Fox and Telemundo
  • Online stream: fuboTV (try for free),  FoxSports (subscription required)

Totally Guide for Streaming FIFA World Cup 2018 Online

The most beautiful game is about to take place, and thanks to the magic of streaming television we can all watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup without owning some insane cable package (if you own an insane cable package you’re almost certainly set to watch it already).

The 2018 FIFA World Cup runs from June 14 to July 15. You can expect to watch 64 games (that’s four days’ worth of football) played over the course of a month, with the final match occurring Sunday July 15, 11am ET. Check out Fox Sports’ full schedule, which tells you when every game is and which channel is broadcasting it. Only care about your country’s performance? Look at the play schedule page, and add the games you don’t want to miss to your calendar.

Thanks to FIFA and its (maybe overly lucrative) media licensing agreements, you can watch all 64 matches on Fox, FS1, Universo, and Telemundo. If you’re planning to stream for free…don’t. FIFA and friends seem to have gone out of their way to make sure this is a televised event that will cost you at least a few dollars. While you should probably watch it as God intended—with face paint covering your screaming mug in the nearest bar broadcasting the match—watching at home is fine, too, I guess. Below we’ve outlined how to do it without bankrupting yourself for a month.

Before we get into the streaming services let’s talk Over The Air, or OTA. That will, without a doubt, be the cheapest way to get the games, both Fox and Telemundo will be locally broadcasting the World Cup wherever their channels are available. So you can pick up an inexpensive antenna, plug into the back of your TV, and watch the games live and for free in 720p or higher (depending on your local broadcasting station for Fox and Telemundo).

If you want to set up DVR you’ll have to spend a little more—both time and money-wise. Tivo and Silicon Dust’s HDHomeRun are two boxes that can DVR local stations, provided you pay a monthly fee. However our personal favorite DVR source is Plex. It has a monthly fee as well, but a wider variety of tuner and DVR boxes to choose from.

But streaming is still the easiest way to go if you don’t want to miss games. The services, with varying tiers, add-ons, and pricing options, might be a bit confusing though. Here’s what you need to know: Every streaming TV service will let you enjoy the World Cup, but prices will definitely vary. To make it easier we’ve ranked them in order of cost.

DirectTVNow

Available Channels: Fox, FS1, Telemundo

Starting Price: $35/month (or $10/month if you’ve never subscribed before)

At $35 per month, DirectTVNow is one of the more affordable picks among the bunch. Its $60 per month plan adds Universo and FS2. If you’re a first-time subscriber, you can take advantage of the current free trial promotion, and get three months of service for $10 per month. Just remember to cancel before your discounted service gets a lot more expensive.

Sling TV

Available Channels: Fox, FS1

Starting Price: $25/month (Sling Blue), Foreign language games: $10/month

Sling’s mid-range package, Sling Blue, will get you both FOX and FS1, and doubles as the cheapest way to catch the games you want to see. If you’re looking for Spanish-language games on Universo, you’ll have to pay an additional $5 per month to access games broadcast on Universo.

Can’t afford that $25 monthly fee? You can pay $10 per month for Sling’s World Sports channel package, which will also let you watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup live. One catch: The matches are broadcast in French and Brazilian Portuguese. It might be a turn off, but consider this: Are you watching for the commentary, or for the sport?

Hulu Live TV

Available Channels: Fox, FS1, Telemundo

Starting Price: $40/month

Your run of the mill Hulu subscription is great for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but bad for sporting events. You’ll need to step up to Hulu Live TV, which will grant you access to all the World Cup games your heart desires, and will let you record up to 50 hours of footage with its cloud DVR functionality. You can quadruple it to 200 hours buy adding Premium Cloud DVR functionality, which also lets you skip past commercials for an extra $15 per month.

PSVue

Available Channels: Fox, FS1, Telemundo

Starting Price: $40/month

Subscribe to PS Vue’s least expensive option, the Access Package, to watch the 2018 World Cup using either your PlayStation console, computer, smartphone, or tablet. The games will be made available on-demand, so there’s no need to worry about using the PS Vue’s My DVR feature to record ‘em. Spanish language viewers can also add Universo for another $5 per month.

YouTube TV

Available Channels: Fox, FS1, Telemundo, Universo

Starting Price: $40/month

YouTube TV is pretty straightforward, but differentiates itself from competitors like Hulu by making premium features standard. Where Hulu Live TV offers a finite amount of cloud DVR storage, YouTube TV offers unlimited cloud DVR space, so you can record to your heart’s content. It also offers a pretty no-nonsense way to catch games in either English or Spanish, as it includes Spanish-language broadcasts on Universo and Telemundo.