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How to watch World Cup Day 4: Costa Rica and Serbia start the day before Mexico tackles Germany

Happy Father’s Day! Let’s watch some soccer together shall we?

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Mexico travels well.
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World Cup 2018 delivered a stunning Saturday with four games over almost 12 hours that saw Iceland earn a draw against Argentina, Lionel Messi slip in the GOAT argument versus Cristiano Ronaldo, France struggle to a 2-1 win over Australia, Denmark with a tight 1-0 win over Peru, Croatia deliver the second biggest blowout of the tournament to date with a 2-0 win over Nigeria and soccer fans across the world losing sleep trying to keep up.

Costa Rica vs. Serbia

Time: 5:00 AM

Location: Samara Arena, Samara

TV: FOX (English) and Telemundo (Spanish)

Announcing team: Derek Rae and Aly Wagner (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

It is a CONCACAF double header on Sunday as Costa Rica opens the days play before the marquee Mexico versus Germany match later in the morning. Coming in off their shocking run to the quarterfinals in Brazil, only narrowly missing the semi-finals on penalty kicks, Los Ticos are not going to sneak up on anyone this year. Costa Rica did a good job of turning over the squad since that historic run as 11 players on their 23 man roster are making their World Cup debut.

Serbia will be looking at Costa Rica as possibly their easiest matchup in Group E with games against Brazil and the 6th ranked team in the world, Switzerland, as their next two opponents. This will be Serbia’s first World Cup since 2010, where they failed to advance out of the group stage in South Africa despite pulling one of the upsets of the tournament in a 1-0 win over Germany in matchday 2. Serbia come in off a 5-1 thumping of Bolivia in their last warm up match.

Germany vs. Mexico

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

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

Announcing team: JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

What’s to say about this match?

If you are reading this article, you are likely in the USA and have an opinion on the Mexican National Team. You could be like Landon Donovan and embrace our neighbors to the south and hope they do well. Or you could be more like your author who has a slightly contrasting opinion of the matter.

Germany are the defending champions and the second betting favorite to lift the cup coming into the tournament. They won the Confederations Cup last summer with what was essentially a youth focused B team defeating Mexico in the semifinals 4-1 en route to the title. They are deep and well coached by Joachim Löw and hungry to be the first repeat champions since 1962 when a 22 year old Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka Pelé, led Brazil to victory in Chile after winning it four years earlier in Sweden.

Germany’s Thomas Müller currently has 10 World Cup goals and with a strong tournament could be within striking distance of the all time record of 16 held by fellow German Miroslav Klose. Müller is only 28 and it will be his third World Cup. Klose played in four and retired from the national team at 36 years old.

Brazil vs. Switzerland

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Rostov Arena, Rostov-On-Don

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

Announcing team: John Strong and Stu Holden(English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

Brazil was last seen at the World Cup losing to Germany 7-1 in the semi-finals. From the 11th minute to the 29th minute, Brazil gave up 5 goals. In Brazil. Technically they had to play the third place game but they lost that 3-0, again at home, to a very unmotivated Netherlands team. It can be argued that they were broken by Germany.

Well now Neymar is back and so are the hopes for the Brazilians. Brazil are actually the betting favorite entering the day at 4-1 on vegasinsider (Germany are a close second at 9-2) and even though Neymar is working himself back into shape since suffering a fractured foot in late February, it can be argued that the break (rest not bone) was good for Neymar as he got a much needed rest and looks ready to contribute.

Switzerland are ranked 6th in the current FIFA rankings and if the draw was held today both Brazil and Switzerland would be seeded teams in Pot 1, unable to play each other. But instead we have this intriguing matchup that is only the second of two games featuring current top 10 opponents during the entire group stage. The other was Spain versus Portugal and that could go down as the most entertaining match of the group stages. Big shoes to live up to for Switzerland.

These two teams have played in the World Cup before with Brazil as a massive favorite. Switzerland pulled a 2-2 upset draw in the 1950 World Cup, in Brazil, which was the only blemish on Brazil’s record until a stunning 2-1 defeat in the final against Uruguay in front of the largest ever reported crowd to see a soccer match of 199,854 spectators.

This is your Sounder at Heart World Cup Day 4 gamethread. Watch with us.

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