Argentina vs France

France vs Argentina live streaming FREE: How to watch the World Cup last 16 clash without paying a penny

Argentina will look to kick on against France in a last 16 clash after Jorge Sampaoli’s side narrowly avoided a humiliating exit from the World Cup group stages.

Marcos Rojo’s late strike against Nigeria secured progression from Group D, after the side had failed to beat Iceland and Croatia in their first two group matches.

Can I live stream France vs Argentina and what TV channel is it on?
France vs Argentina will be shown live on BBC1 in the UK.

The game will be streamed live on the BBC iPlayer.

National broadcaster TF1 will broadcast the match in France.

In Argentina, the game will be shown on DIRECTV Sports.

Alternatively, you can follow all the action from this last 16 clash on the SunSport LIVE blog.

How can I watch and live stream France vs Argentina for free?
BBC1 and the BBC iPlayer are free for all UK viewers with a TV and a TV license.

It costs £150.50 for a colour and £50.50 per year for a black and white TV license.

Get your license here.

Highlights will be available on the BBC Red Button from 7.40am the next day.

When is France vs Argentina?
The game will be held on Saturday, June 30.

It will be played at the Kazan Arena in Russia.

Kick-off is at 3pm UK time and 5pm local time.

That’s 11am in Buenos Aires, and 4pm in Paris.

Team news
Here are both side’s final 23-man squads for this summer’s tournament.

France

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

Argentina

Goalkeepers: Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL)

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino).

Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Angel Di Maria, Giovani Lo Celso (both Paris St-Germain), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala (both Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Brazil vs Costa Rica

Brazil vs Costa Rica: World Cup 2018 prediction, betting tips, odds, kick-off time, team news and line-ups, what TV channel, live stream online, head to head

Brazil vs Costa Rica | World Cup 2018, Group E | Friday, June 22 | Saint Petersburg Stadium

Brazil must make amends for their opening-round 1-1 draw with Switzerland when facing Costa Rica.

Philippe Coutinho’s long-range stunner was cancelled out by a Steven Zuber header for a share of the spoils.

Brazil have a fearsome record against their Central American rivals, but head into the game with slight concerns over Neymar’s fitness after a bruising encounter in matchday one.

Start time

Brazil take on Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 1pm BST.

The match will be televised live on ITV. Viewers can stream the match online via the ITV Player.

You will be able to follow the match with Standard Sport’s dedicated LIVE blog

Brazil and Costa Rica have met nine times, with former winning eight and only defeat coming way back in 1960.

The met most recently in September 2015 as Hulk’s goal was enough for a 1-0 win to Brazil. They’ve met twice before in World Cups, with Brazil winning 5-2 in 2002 and 1-0 in 1990.

Team news

Neymar has returned to training two days before Brazil’s next World Cup game against Costa Rica.

The Brazil striker joined the rest of the squad in a training session in Sochi on Wednesday, a day after he limped out of practice because of pain in his right ankle.

Brazil’s practice session was closed to the media but the Brazilian soccer confederation says Neymar “participated normally in the team’s activity.”

It also posted photos of him in training,, including one showing the playmaker touching the ball with his right ankle.

The federation says Neymar had been in pain since the team’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday, when he was consistently fouled. It had downplayed the seriousness of the injury, saying he was confirmed to play against Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg.

Argentina vs Croatia

Argentina vs Croatia LIVE World Cup 2018: Kick-off time, what channel, prediction, team news, betting odds

Argentina faces Croatia on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod with first place in Group D up for grabs ahead of Iceland and Nigeria on Friday. It’s an early, massive match at the World Cup. Croatia is coming off a 2-0 win over Nigeria while Argentina couldn’t find its scoring boots in a 1-1 draw with Iceland.
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Expect Croatia to stick with a similar lineup to the first match, though it may field a more defensive-oriented lineup with with Mateo Kovacic in the middle. As for Argentina, the squad should look much different. In training, Jorge Sampaoli has replaced Angel Di Maria with Cristian Pavon, Marcos Acuna could join the lineup and it looks like the team won’t go with a defensive midfield duo. It could be Enzo Perez or Maxi Meza to add a tad more balance in the midfield.

Three huge points are at stake and the pressure is on the South Americans. A win for Croatia would practically mean it would advance to the knockout stage.

Here’s how you can watch the match and more.
How to watch

When: Thursday at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
TV: Fox and Telemundo
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App

Prediction

Argentina finds its form in attack and gets a much-needed three points with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Pavon scoring. Argentina 2, Croatia 1.
Argentina vs. Croatia score, live updates

France vs Peru

France vs. Peru: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info for World Cup 2018

France boast extraordinary quality in their squad, but they made a relatively slow start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, requiring a late own goal to claim a 2-1 victory over Australia.

Les Bleus will hope to be much improved when they face Peru in Group C on Thursday at the Ekaterinburg Arena and, depending on what happens earlier in the day between Denmark and Australia, they could confirm a spot in the round of 16 with a win.

The Incas will be fighting for their lives, though, after a 1-0 opening defeat to the Danes left their tournament hopes hanging by a thread despite a largely impressive display.

Here are all the details for what promises to be an entertaining clash:

Date: Thursday, June 21

Time: 4 p.m. BST, 11 a.m. ET

TV Info: Live on ITV (UK), Fox (U.S.)

Live Stream: ITV Hub, Fox Soccer Match Pass

Peru are not to be underestimated by France. They are the No. 11-ranked side in the world and came through CONMEBOL qualifying ahead of back-to-back Copa America winners Chile.

Manager Ricardo Gareca has some fine players at his disposal, and Peru boast attacking flair in abundance in the shape of Edison Flores, Andre Carrillo and talismanic striker Paolo Guerrero.

Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had to be brilliant to keep Peru out in their opener, per Opta:

That will be both frustrating and gratifying for the South American side, but they will know they won’t get as many opportunities against France, whose defensive unit is as impressive as the attack.

Their somewhat wasteful display against Denmark was indicative of a side still in need of fine tuning, and Peru will have to be much more clinical against the French.

Peru will almost certainly need to score to take anything from Thursday’s clash, at it seems unlikely they will be able to keep France’s menacing forwards at bay.

Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir and Olivier Giroud are all proven goalscorers at the highest level, and the 1998 World Cup winners could run all over Peru if they don’t keep things tight at the back.

However, if the Peruvians can do what they didn’t against Denmark and take their first opportunity to put pressure on Les Bleus, they could take something from the Ekaterinburg encounter.

Denmark vs Australia

World Cup 2018, Australia v Denmark: Socceroos confident heading into huge clash

Simon Hill: Is it fair to say that the Danish national team coach, Age Hareide, wasn’t the most popular choice?

Thomas Sorensen: I know there were a few others – Michael Laudrup was top of the list, he certainly had the popularity vote. People were looking for a Danish manager to take over after Morten Olsen.

Outside of Laudrup, there were a few domestic options, but I don’t think the FA thought they were experienced enough to take over, so they had to look abroad. Hareide was very familiar with Danish football – but most would have preferred a Danish manager.

Simon Hill: Is it fair to say that the Danish national team coach, Age Hareide, wasn’t the most popular choice?

Thomas Sorensen: I know there were a few others – Michael Laudrup was top of the list, he certainly had the popularity vote. People were looking for a Danish manager to take over after Morten Olsen.

Outside of Laudrup, there were a few domestic options, but I don’t think the FA thought they were experienced enough to take over, so they had to look abroad. Hareide was very familiar with Danish football – but most would have preferred a Danish manager.

TS: They had a few hiccups early on in qualifying – they were under pressure to beat Poland at home, which they did convincingly.

Then they had to go through the play-offs at the last moment – but beat Ireland fairly convincingly. They took time to adjust to a new way of playing, but it (Hareide’s 4-3-3 system) has benefited Christian Eriksen in particular – he was a bit tied up in Morten Olsen’s system, but has a freer role under Hareide.

You can see in his displays he has become instrumental. They are trying to play out from the back – and are very dependent upon wingers.

The guy who plays in Spain, Pione Sisto, is very explosive, and he needs good support from the full-backs. They are fairly attacking and versatile, which is why Hareide prefers a big striker. He went with Nicolai Jorgensen against Peru. However, that’s one area where they could potentially struggle, because none of the strikers have lit up the domestic season – they lack a prolific striker, a bit like Australia.

SH: It appears the team is developing along similar lines to previous generations of Danish teams – I’m thinking back to the likes of Dennis Rommedahl and Jesper Gronkjaer on the wings, and Jon-Dahl Tomasson as the focal point of the attack?

TS: Yes, and all the national teams play the same way. That’s been one of the strengths of the system – during his 15-year reign, Morten Olsen was instrumental in ensuring everything ran with the same philosophy throughout the age levels. The youth teams are now doing well – the Under 21’s went to the Olympics and they are competing a lot better. So we are reaping the rewards.

SH: Christian Eriksen is the teams big star – at 26 he’s at his peak; is this going to be his World Cup?

TS: Denmark is hoping so! A lot of the dreams of the nation are on his shoulders – he is by far our best player and the biggest name.

He has carried the team in qualifying, so we need him to be in top form. If he can carry his Spurs form forward he will be a tough player to stop. He has great vision, a great strike, is dangerous from set pieces – there are so many ways he can affect the game. He will be a focal point. Teams will need to shut him down.

TS: He is very clever, mobile and seems to find space where there isn’t any, so it’s tricky to stop him.

The Danish team have a lot of good players around him, so you can’t just put a man on him and say if we eliminate him we stop Denmark – it’s about finding the right balance to limit him.

SH: Who are the standouts in the supporting cast?

TS: The spine is important – goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and defender Simon Kjaer are both very experienced. William Kvist and Thomas Delaney in midfield – though they are both in and out of their club teams.

But they have a big build-up to get into step, lots of friendlies – those players have the quality to be important. Sisto on the left flank scored in the recent win over Panama – he is very unpredictable, and doing well in Spain, so he is highly regarded.

SH: And the team’s rising star? Andreas Cornelius? Kasper Dolberg?

TS: Cornelius will be in that mix for that striking spot with Jorgensen and Bendtner – he has been preferred in some of the qualifiers. But Cornelius hasn’t played as much for Atalanta. A lot depends on the warm-up games – that’s the spot that is up for grabs, along with right-back. They are the question marks.

Dolberg had a breakout season last year but has struggled to live up to the hype this season. He was the same as Eriksen when he broke through – there was so much expectation on his shoulders, and he was only young. It was hard to handle. So he needs to take a little step back for now.

SH: Which leads us on to Australia, and the hype around Daniel Arzani, who you see on a daily basis at Melbourne City. How good is he?

TS: It’s how you deal with the hype – some get carried away – I hope that Daniel can cope with it, he certainly has the confidence.

But he’s one of those who needs to stay grounded, as he has a lot to learn and a lot to improve on.

He should be regarded as someone who could be the future of the national team, and he can be the difference maker, especially because not a lot of people know about him. When you need something out of nothing, he can do that – not as a starter, but as a wildcard.

SH: What’s the feeling about the Socceroos generally in Denmark?

TS: There’s not a lot of knowledge about Australia – when they look at the group they think if they want to go through, then they have to beat Australia.

I see Australia on par with Peru – the Aussies have shown strength when they have had time to prepare, and they have gone into the camp environment to build togetherness.

Against the odds they seem to have exceeded expectations in the past – and this time around, not much expected from them.

In the past, they have had players in the big leagues – now it’s more of a grey area, so they can surprise people. You’d be stupid to underestimate them.

SH: There were some rather unflattering headlines in the Danish media after the 4-1 friendly loss to Norway…

TS: I’ve played in those March friendlies – it’s in the middle of the season, short preparation time. You have a new manager who is trying new things – by the next friendlies they are different games, with a different focus. The press will make things out of it, but you could see there were weird results all over the place. I’ve been there – when you have a lot of substitutions, new players being tried in different positions. I’d focus more on the Czech Republic and Hungary games. If it goes pear shaped then, I’d really be worried – they are the test. You want to see progress and results.

Spain vs Iran Live – Stream

Fifa World Cup 2018, Iran vs Spain: When and where to watch, Live coverage on TV, Live streaming online

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Fifa World Cup 2018, Iran vs Spain: After drawing 3-3 against Portugal in their opening match, Spain will take on Iran in their second match as they look for their first win in the tournament. Spain will be relying on Diego Costa, who scored a brace against Portugal, to once again breach Iran’s steely defence. Iran won their opening match against Morocco, with the help of a late own goal. Now, they will hope the strikers can come good for them against Spain, and earn them another win to increase their hopes of making it to the Round of 16 for the first time in history.

When is FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match?
FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2018. Spain will be eyeing their first win in the tournament.

When is FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match?
FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match will take place at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia.

What time does the FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match begin?
FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match will kick off at 11:30 pm IST on Wednesday. The Live coverage of the match on the broadcasting channel will begin at 10:30 pm IST.

Which TV channels will broadcast the FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match in India?
FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match in India will be broadcast on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD in English Commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. They are the official broadcasters of the tournament.

How do I watch online live streaming of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match in India?
FIFA World Cup 2018 Iran vs Spain football match live streaming will be available on Sony Liv. You can also catch live action, live updates and live commentary on IndianExpress.com.

Saudi Arabia vs Uruguay Live

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: What is live stream, kick-off and TV channel info and what is the team news for the World Cup clash

But he should get the chance to cut loose versus Saudi Arabia who lost their first Group A game against hosts Russia 5-0.

When is Uruguay vs Morocco?

Uruguay vs Morocco is on Wednesday, June 20.

The match will kick-off at 4.00pm UK time.

It will be held at the Rostov Arena.
Is Uruguay vs Morocco on BBC or ITV and can I live stream it?

The game will be shown live on BBC One.

You can stream the game live on the BBC iPlayer.
Alternatively, you can also follow the action on the SunSport LIVE blog.

Team news
Uruguay

Goalkeepers: Martin Campana (Independiente), Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama)

Defenders: Martin Caceres (Lazio), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Guillermo Varela (Penarol)

Midfielders: Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey)

Forwards: Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Girona)

Saudi Arabia

Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal).

Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal).

Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad).

Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli).

Spain vs Iran

Iran vs. Spain: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info for World Cup 2018

Iran will need to pull off another surprise if they’re to get a result against Spain on Wednesday and maintain their place atop Group B at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The two teams are set to clash at the Kazan Arena, and Spain unexpectedly enter the fray trailing Carlos Queiroz’s men by two points following their 3-3 draw against Portugal on Friday.

Iran were less convincing but ultimately more effective in their 1-0 win over Morocco, when Aziz Bouhaddouz headed the ball in his own net to gift Queiroz’s side a most unlikely winner.

But the underdogs won’t be able to rely on the same tricks against the 2010 world champions.

Read on for a preview of Wednesday’s group-stage meeting, complete with all the latest team news, fixture details and live-stream information.

Date: Wednesday, June 20

Time: 9 p.m. local time/7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET

Venue: Kazan Arena, Kazan

Live Stream: ITV Hub (UK), Fox Soccer Match Pass (U.S.), fuboTV (U.S.)

TV Info: ITV (UK)/Fox (U.S.)

Team News

Spain have the only significant piece of team news entering the midweek meeting with Iran after it emerged Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal will likely be fit to feature in his first match of the World Cup.

Spanish news agency EFE (h/t Sport) reported the right-back could come into the starting XI at the expense of Nacho, who scored against Portugal, and AS posted photos of Carvajal back in training:

It seems as though any Iran changes will be purely tactical for Queiroz with no enforced absences. Alireza Jahanbakhsh and and midfielder Omid Ebrahimi have both shaken off knocks from the first match and are in contention.

Preview

Spain’s World Cup campaign could have spiraled after Fernando Hierro replaced Julen Lopetegui as manager two days before their tournament. The latter accepted the managerial job at Real Madrid and the Spanish FA promptly sacked him.

But the draw with Portugal, while not perfect, was a promising enough start to Hierro’s tenure in the role and their World Cup overall.

There were highs and lows against Portugal, not least of which was David De Gea’s error to allow one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s three goals, but Hierro was unwavering in his support for his No. 1, per writer David Cartlidge:

That’s the kind of forthright attitude Spanish fans will want from their tactician, while Iran will also seek more of the same from their chief Queiroz, whose patient approach paid dividends against Morocco.

It won’t necessarily suffice against La Furia Roja, however, as they are an opponent who will not only be tougher to break down but will also test their defence a lot more, per Squawka:

Portugal vs Morocco

Portugal vs. Morocco live stream info, channel, news: How to watch World Cup 2018 on TV and online

Is this the World Cup where Cristiano Ronaldo finally sets the world alight on a global stage? Judging by his first appearance in Russia, it seems so.

The Real Madrid superstar’s exceptional hat-trick – including a wonderful free-kick – earned Portugal a well-deserved draw in their opening game against Spain last week.

Morocco, on the other hand, were on the wrong end of a shock 1-0 defeat to Iran, meaning they are one defeat away from booking their flights home from Russia.
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What time is it?

Portugal vs Morocco kicks off at 1pm.
Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown live on BBC One.
Odds

Portugal: 8/13

Morocco: 11/2

Draw: 13/5
Prediction

Portugal 2-0 Morocco. Ronaldo looks on it, make no mistake about it. Just look at how he bullies smaller teams in the Champions League to get a taster of what he could do in the remaining two games in this group. It is feasible Portugal qualify for the Round of 16 with Ronaldo on six or seven goals personally.

With an elbow on the desk and one hand propping up his chin, the Portugal manager Fernando Santos takes question after question about Cristiano Ronaldo with the resignation of a pub landlord waiting for the last boisterous clientele to drink up and clear off.

Why, he must wonder, does no one ever ask how he masterminded a European championship-winning team built from one single superstar and 10 others you might struggle to name.

For 20 minutes during a press conference at the Luzhniki Stadium this week, Santos was asked whether Ronaldo – who has an estimated net worth of $US450 million ($608 million) – could break the 1958 record of 13 goals at a single tournament by Just Fontaine, the Morocco-born France international. The Portugal coach had run out of politeness.

“Maybe. I don’t know. This is a World Cup, and these are all national teams. The important thing is to respect Morocco and all our opponents,” he said. Portugal were due to play Morocco overnight Australian time.

The issue for those who would like a break from Ronaldo, even a 63-year-old coach whose team won a Euro 2016 final against France in Paris without their No 7 for 85 of the 120 minutes, is that the relentless CR7 was already leading the big names at Russia 2018 towards the end of tournament’s first week.

Lionel Messi? Missed a penalty. Neymar? Limping after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Eden Hazard? Failed to fill his boots against Panama. Thomas Muller? Anonymous against Mexico. Fontaine? Now 84 and unlikely to add to his international tally.

Over the years, the cult of Ronaldo, the obsessive hunting of the Ballon D’Or, the dizzying number of goals, the unashamedly distraught reaction to not being passed the ball at every occasion, the constant shooting – has also become an unending conflict.
Point proven

Every goal and its accompanying celebration now has to be a point proven against someone or something, whether those targets are interpreted as commercials featuring Messi and farmyard animals, or veiled messages to the Spanish tax authorities.

When Patrice Evra tells the story of being invited to lunch at Ronaldo’s home during their time at Manchester United and being served a joyless plate of plain chicken and salad before his host insisted on a game of two-touch football, that too feeds into the legend of the perfectionist.

The man who would forego a little sauce to bestride the football world and all its rewards, including lucrative endorsements with Egyptian steel companies and that Japanese invention that helps you develop a six-pack. The argument can get a little wearying at times, as if to concede any weakness or self-doubt would be to admit to a defeat in itself.

You have to wonder how he will cope with the decline, whenever it does come – by current standards some time around his mid-40s.

When Ronaldo came into the press room at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi last week, notably content and at peace after that dramatic hat-trick against Spain, it did occur whether this tournament might indeed be the peak in a colossal career of achievement. Zinedine Zidane turned 34 during the 2006 World Cup finals, when he was still arguably the tournament’s best player, and Ronaldo does not reach 34 until next February.

His performance against Spain was the textbook late-era Ronaldo, picking out the moments he could prevail and the individuals in the Spain team whose vulnerabilities he could exploit. He won the penalty from Nacho, a teammate at Real Madrid he will know well and a downgrade on the first-choice right back Dani Carvajal.

He may well have spotted something in David de Gea that tempted him into the shot for the second that the goalkeeper let in – not that it takes much for Ronaldo to shoot. It was Ronaldo who won the foul for the free-kick from which he struck a glorious third.
Sense of awe

An equally remarkable testament to all those years of dedication to plain chicken was one first-half sprint again from Portugal’s area to Spain’s to support a counter-attack. Fifa clocked his top speed at 33.98km/h, and the footage of him rocketing past younger teammates will resonate most among the World Cup’s competing players, who will have noted that example of his physicality.

It contributes to the general sense of awe around him from most of his peers, the glances his way in the tunnel, the surreptitious shirt exchange requests – all of which play into the influence he has on the game and the tournament.

Santos did drop into the conversation that it was he who first decided that Ronaldo might be best moved back into a central position in his 30s, rather than anyone at Real Madrid.

The Portugal manager concluded with some more praise for his captain and then the observation: “I have never seen one player win a game on his own.” Which strictly speaking is true, but then teams without players like Ronaldo also tend not to win tournaments.

A World Cup winners’ medal would leave Ronaldo no heights left to scale and even with Portugal as the current European champions it feels improbable. Yet against Spain there was the unmistakable aura about him. The moments aside from his goals when he did that thing he often does when the action goes stagnant, dropping deep to take a few touches on the ball, just to remind his opponents who he is and what he is capable of doing.

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: World Cup 2018 prediction, betting tips, odds, kick-off time, team news and line-ups, what TV channel, live stream online, head to head

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia | World Cup 2018, Group A | Friday, June 20 | Rostov Arena

Jose Gimenez scored a later winner as Uruguay beat Egypt in their first group game and victory over Saudi Arabia today will confirm their place in the knockout stages.

The South Americans were good value for the win but Luis Suarez will be concerned with his own form in front of goal after a number of misses.

Saudi Arabia’s confidence will be rock bottom after a surprise 5-0 loss in the opening game. They must win to stay alive in the tournament.

Team news

Officials say an engine of a Russian plane carrying the Saudi Arabia team to a World Cup host city caught fire during landing.

Russia’s federal agency for air traffic says in a statement that the Airbus airplane flying from St. Petersburg to the southern city of Rostov-on-Don landed safely Monday night and did not require any emergency procedures.

Tuesday’s statement says the passenger plane landed with both of its engines working and the passengers disembarked normally. An investigation into the incident has begun.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted pictures of the players exiting the plan on Monday night and a statement on Twitter saying it “would like to reassure everyone that all the Saudi national team players are safe, after a technical failure in one of the airplane engines that has just landed in Rostov-on-Don airport, and now they’re heading to their residence safely.”

The Saudis were beaten 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener in Moscow last week and play Uruguay in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday.

uarez had four shots on the day, including one from a mere five yards that he managed to drag wide. His striker partner Cavani didn’t fare any better, hitting the post late on, though he did lay on a pair of chances for Suarez, both of which were saved by Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy.