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2018 World Cup: Time, TV schedule and how to watch Uruguay vs. Russia online

Group A is down to who finishes in first, while Group B hinges on the scoreline in Iran vs. Portugal

The final four days of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup start today, which means we’ll start to see the knockout round come together. In Group A, Russia’s high-scoring attack has given them an edge over Uruguay at the top of the group, but today’s game between those two sides will reveal just how good the hosts are after they dealt with Egypt and Saudi Arabia without much trouble. This afternoon, we switch to Group B, where things are a bit tighter. Spain has it easy against an already eliminated Morocco, but they can’t afford to relax. There are scenarios that could send both Portugal and Iran through at Spain’s expense.

Group A: Uruguay vs. Russia

What to watch for: These teams have both sealed a spot in the knockout round, but because they play early, they can’t really try to jockey to avoid Group B’s winner (which will likely be Spain, but could also be Portugal or Iran). It seems likely that we’ll see some rotation here, but what fascinates me is that we’re going to see Russia really tested for the first time. Russia rang up 8 goals in wide-open games against Saudi Arabia and Egypt, but can they break down the grizzled, street-smart Uruguayans? And can they play the end-to-end pace they thrive going forward against a team that can call on two world-class players like Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani?

Location: Cosmos Arena (Samara)

Kickoff time: 10:00am Eastern

Available TV: Fox, Telemundo

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go, Telemundo

Group A: Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt

What to watch for: Unless you’re a fan of one of these teams or a gambler, you’re probably watching the other game. However, a lot of the attention in this one will be on whether Mohamed Salah still has his heart in it after reports that he was not pleased to be used as a political pawn in a photo op with Chechen Republic leader and overall monster Ramzan Kadyrov.

Location: Volgograd Arena (Volgograd)

Kickoff time: 10:00am Eastern

Available TV: Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go, Universo Now, Telemundo

Group B: Spain vs. Morocco

What to watch for: Spain is probably going to advance, as the only scenarios that knock them out are a loss paired with a high-scoring draw between Iran and Portugal, or a multi-goal loss paired with a draw of any sort in the other game. However, that minor threat is still a threat, and thus we should see Spain (even with rotation expected) giving their best effort.

Spare a thought for Morocco, who have played some good soccer, yet are already eliminated due to losing 1-0 via own goal and then 1-0 in a game they dominated. This is a cruel game.

Location: Kaliningrad Stadium (Kaliningrad)

Kickoff time: 2:00pm Eastern

Available TV: Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go, Universo Now, Telemundo

Group B: Iran vs. Portugal

What to watch for: This should be the focus for your afternoon viewing. Iran more or less has to find a way to win this one, as the scenarios for them to advance with a draw (see above) are far-fetched. That’s a tricky prospect for them, as they’re not really the kind of team to go out and be the protagonist. Portugal, meanwhile, is more or less being dragged through the competition by Cristiano Ronaldo, who has all of their goals and probably made some saves against Morocco. For all we know, he might be coaching the team.

For Iran to advance, they’re going to have to survive CR7 at his very best and find the breakthrough that they very very nearly did against Spain.

Location: Mordovia Arena (Saransk)

Kickoff time: 2:00pm Eastern

Available TV: Fox, Telemundo

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go, Telemundo

For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.