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How to watch World Cup Day 3: Croatia vs Nigeria ends your longest day of World Cup action

Welcome to the longest day of this World Cup with four consecutive games over 12 hours

England v Nigeria - International Friendly

World Cup 2018 got into a rhythm yesterday as Uruguay and Iran snagged late winners to earn matching 1-0 score lines over Egypt and Morocco respectively before the marquee game of the day lived up to the hype as Spain and Portugal battled to a 3-3 draw. Today features the longest day of World Cup 2018 as four consecutive games will be played across almost twelve hours. Group C and Group D play both their opening round matches today.

France vs. Australia

Time: 3:00 AM

Location: Kazan Arena, Kazan

TV: Fox Sports 1 (English) and Telemundo (Spanish)

Announcing team: JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

France’s last game before kicking off the World Cup was a scheduled win against a dejected USMNT transitioning to a youth movement, with an interim manager and a squad that had given it’s best player, Christian Pulisic, the week off. But the USA put up a spirited defense, got a goal against the run of play and held on for a 1-1 draw in Lyon, France. Will France use that as a wake up call or did it expose deeper flaws in their squad?

France is obviously one of the most talented teams in the tournament, but they have a hard time finding a way to fully utilize their best players, currently Paul Pogba is the seemingly odd man out, in their preferred formation. This leads to semi-annual rumors of player unrest as the summer tournament arrives.

Australia will be looking for Tim Cahill to be only the fifth player to score in four World Cups but they are not all about the old guard making one last stand. The two youngest players in the World Cup will feature in this game as Australia’s Daniel Arzaniis at 19 years and 163 days old on matchday is the youngest player, with France’s Kylian Mbappe just 15 days older.

Argentina vs. Iceland

Time: 6:00 AM

Location: Spartak Stadium, Moscow

TV: FOX (English) and Telemundo (Spanish)

Announcing team: John Strong and Stu Holden (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

Anyone who has been watching Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the last nine years in La Liga will remember many times where Messi had two goals on Saturday and Ronaldo would top it with a hat trick on Sunday and vice versa. They have been matching each other for the better part of a decade. And did you see what Ronaldo did yesterday? Poor Iceland.

Speaking of Iceland, if you are going to make your World Cup debut at least they get to do it in style with one of the world’s marquee teams in Argentina with Lionel Messi as an opponent. This will be Iceland’s first ever World Cup game, the country of about 350,000 people is the smallest ever to qualify for the World Cup. They are enjoying a ‘Golden Generation’ of soccer having also qualified for their first ever European Championship in 2016 where they advanced out of the group stage, knocked England out of the round of 16 before falling 5-2 to France in the quarterfinals.

If you are looking for karmic reasons to hope for a supremely entertaining match, John Strong and Stu Holden will be on the call for this match. They also called yesterday’s front runner for game of the tournament in Spain versus Portugal.

Peru vs. Denmark

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Mordovia Arena, Saransk

TV: Fox Sports 1 (English) and Telemundo (Spanish)

Announcing team: Jorge Perez-Navarro and Mariano Trujillo (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

Here we go, potential future Sounder Raul Ruidiaz and Peru take the coveted 9 AM kickoff time in what almost amounts to a must win game for both teams. With France presumably set to win Group C, this match will go a long way to deciding who else advances.

Denmark finished a strong second in their qualification group behind Poland and easily eliminated Ireland to make it to Russia but reports out of Saransk, Russia is that the city is almost entirely red with Peru fans. Of course Denmark is also red, so let’s just agree that the travelling contingent will be strong for this vital match early in Group C.

Croatia vs. Nigeria

Time: Noon

Location: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

TV: Fox Sports 1 (English) and Telemundo (Spanish)

Announcing team: Glenn Davis and Cobi Jones (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

Nigeria is the youngest team in the World Cup but will be captained by 31 year old John Obi Mikel. Mikel will need to be a stalwart against Croatia’s experienced and dynamic midfield led by Real Madrid’s Luka Modric. Modric has moved up the field into more of a traditional 10 role for Croatia as opposed to the deep lying position he plays for Real Madrid.

Croatia has seemed to click into form since giving the reins completely to Modric. While Croatia is a dark horse to make a deep run in this tournament, they have not advanced out of the group stages since 1998 — being eliminated in the group stage in 2002, 2006 (even after beating a USA team in the opening game of Germany in a game your author was at and will never get the vision of Jan Koller dominating the USMNT backline out of his head) and 2014.

This is your Sounder at Heart World Cup Day 2 gamethread. Watch with us.

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