It’s already day seven at the World Cup; it’ll be over before you know it. The first of the day’s three games sees Portugal going head-to-head with Morocco, before Uruguay take on Saudi Arabia and, finally, Iran face Spain. On paper, there are clear favourites in each of the matches, though this tournament has already thrown up its fair share of upsets. More please!
Portugal vs. Morocco
Time: 15:00 in Moscow, which works out as 13:00 in the UK, 08:00 on the east coast of the USA, and 05:00 over on the west.
How to watch: BBC One in the UK, Telemundo or Fox Sports 1 in the US, and livesoccertv for the rest of you.
How to watch online: BBC iPlayer in the UK, or Telemundo’s stream in the USA.
Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia
Time: 18:00 in Rostov-on-Don, 16:00 in the UK, 11:00 on the east coast, and 08:00 on the west.
How to watch: BBC One 1 in the UK, Fox Sports 1 or Telemundo in the USA, and livesoccertv elsewhere.
How to watch online: BBC iPlayer in the UK, Telemundo’s stream in the USA.
Iran vs. Spain
Time: 21:00 in Kazan, 19:00 in the UK, 14:00 on the east coast, and 11:00 on the west.
How to watch: ITV 1 in the UK, Fox Sports 1 or Telemundo in the USA, and livesoccertv for everyone else.
How to watch online: ITV Player in the UK, or Telemundo’s stream in the USA.
Manchester United points of interest
A fair few today. Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from his tournament-opening hat-trick in a spectacular 3-3 draw against Spain, will spearhead a talented Portugal; United’s summer signing Diogo Dalot, however, is yet to receive an international cap and failed to make Fernando Santos’ squad. A Moroccan has never played for United, though Marouane Fellaini’s parents — God bless them — moved to Belgium from the North African nation before his birth.
A grand total of two Uruguayans have played for United over the years, though Diego Forlán’s sad retirement means only one has made Óscar Tabárez’s squad. That’s Louis van Gaal favourite, young Guillermo Varela; except he’s now 25 and plying his trade at Peñarol, from whom David Moyes signed him in 2013. Two steps forward, two steps back. There are no obvious emotional ties to Saudi Arabia, though if we’ve missed any, do let us know below the line.
With Ander Herrera and Juan Mata both missing out on (the now sacked) Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad, the sole direct link is provided by David de Gea. The only other Spanish connections are relatively tragic: namely the failure to maximise Gerard Piqué’s talent during his time at Old Trafford, and the failure to bring Thiago Alcântara here in the first place. As for Iran, lest us forget manager Carlos Queiroz’s glorious spell as Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man in two separate stints between 2002 and 2008.
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