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World Cup 2018: Day 9 at the Busby Babe

Brazil Training Session - FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Having been held by Switzerland in their World Cup opener, Brazil will look to record their first win of the tournament when they go head-to-head with Costa Rica on Friday. Nigeria, who lost to Croatia in their first game, take on Iceland in the second match of the day, before Serbia face Switzerland in a tasty late game. Follow the action with fellow tBBers below the line.

Brazil vs. Costa Rica

Time: 15:00 in St. Petersburg, 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. Good morning!

How to watch: You’ll need ITV 1 in the UK, Fox Sports 1 or Telemundo in the USA, and livesoccertv for everywhere else.

How to watch online: ITV Player in the UK, and Telemundo’s stream in the USA.

Nigeria vs. Iceland

Time: 18:00 in Volgograd, which means 16:00 in the UK, 11:00 on the east coast, and 08:00 on the west. Rise and shine!

How to watch: Hop over to BBC One in the UK, and switch to FOX or stick with Telemundo in the USA. Everybody else: here.

How to watch online: BBC iPlayer in the UK, and Telemundo’s stream in the USA.

Serbia vs. Switzerland

Time: The last game kicks off at 20:00 in Kaliningrad, which is 19:00 in the UK, 14:00 on the east coast, and 11:00 on the west.

How to watch: BBC One in the UK, FOX or Telemundo in the USA, and here.

How to watch online: BBC iPlayer in the UK, and Telemundo’s stream in the USA.

Manchester United points of interest

The only United link in the first couple of games is provided by summer signing Fred. The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder missed Brazil’s draw with Switzerland thanks to a lingering ankle injury, though he is back in full training and is expected to play a part in St. Petersburg.

Interesting United-themed pub quiz question: only one Swiss player has ever played for United — can you name him?* We’re not counting Joel Pereira, who was born in Switzerland but turns out for Portugal’s youth international sides. Scroll down to find out. United’s links with Serbia are somewhat stronger: Adem Ljajić used to play for us, Nemanja Matić still does, Sergej Milinković-Savić yet might.

This will be our live thread for the day, so come and join us in the comments below!

*Saidy Janko, who made a grand total of one League Cup appearance under Louis van Gaal before being shipped off to Celtic. He spent last season at Saint-Étienne, and impressed sufficiently to earn himself a summer move to Porto.