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How to watch World Cup Day 12: Eight teams enter, four advance and four go home

Group A is decided. Group B can still see two of three teams advance.

Portugal v Morocco: Group B - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Ronaldo might be looking to catch Harry Kane’s Golden Boot pace.
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Matchday 3 at World Cup 2018 is upon us and today we start with the concurrent final group games. Thankfully you now get two hours of extra sleep, but to fully maximize your viewing pleasure you are going to need two screens. For the next four days two games will kick off at 7 AM followed by two games at 11 AM.

If it feels like the World Cup is starting to find it’s form, the television providers would definitely agree with you. Germany versus Sweden was the most watched non-USMNT group stage game on English-language television since at least 1990 with 5.397 Million average viewers on FOX. And Telemundo averaged 6.6 Million viewers for the entire broadcast of Mexico versus South Korea along with the most online streams in their platforms history with 574,000 viewers. Throughout the first two rounds Telemundo has already broadcast two of the nine most-watched World Cup matches in Spanish-language history, a number that goes back to 1990 and includes World Cup Finals.

Group A

Uruguay vs. Russia

Time: 7:00 AM

Location: Samara Arena, Samara

TV: FOX(English) and Telemundo (Spanish)

Announcing team: JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt

Time: 7:00 AM

Location: Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

TV: Fox Sports 1 (English) and NBC Universo (Spanish)

Announcing team: Glenn Davis and Cobi Jones (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

Group A is one of only two groups where the two teams advancing are decided and this morning’s matches will be relatively straightforward. Uruguay and Russia both have two wins and have advanced. Due to their superior goal differential of +7 to Uruguay’s +2, Russia will be group winners with a draw.

The winner of Group A gets the second place from Group B. Portugal and Spain are both in good shape to advance from Group B but the order will not be determined until after these games. Look for Russia to want to carry their momentum into the second round while a veteran Uruguay team might take the opportunity to rest a few of their key players and rotate the squad some.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are both eliminated from the World Cup. This game will still be important to the players, who are from countries where qualifying is somewhat of a rarity, as this is likely their only chance to play in a World Cup.

Group B

Iran vs. Portugal

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Mordovia Arena, Saransk

TV: FOX(English) and Telemundo (Spanish)

Announcing team: Derek Rae and Aly Wagner (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

Spain vs. Morocco

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

TV: Fox Sports 1 (English) and NBC Universo (Spanish)

Announcing team: Mark Followill and Warren Barton (English)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go and Telemundo Deportes

Group B sees Spain and Portugal both on four points with identical four goals for and three goals against. Currently Spain is leading Portugal on the Sportsmanship tiebreaker, meaning as they have the identical record with the same goals scored and against they are up on less cards. So if both teams win by the same score, they should be on their best behavior if they want to win the group.

Iran have three points via their win over Morocco and will advance with a win over Portugal, regardless of the other group matches result.

This is your Sounder at Heart World Cup Day 12 gamethread. Watch with us.

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