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The world’s biggest sporting event continues as Group B kicks off. Tomorrow’s three games start at 8am, 11am, and 2pm, Eastern Time. The last game of the day will feature Portugal and Spain in another Iberian Derby meeting at the World Cup.
EGY v URU
8:00 am Eastern Time
Group favourites Uruguay will start their campaign against Egypt. Even a point against Uruguay would be priceless for Egypt’s chances of progressing, which was hurt by Russia’s thrashing of Saudi Arabia earlier today.
Egypt will also want a good result so that they can walk into their critical next match against Russia.
Although Uruguay are strong favourites, a result is far from certain. In 2014, they lost their first group game against Costa Rica, who everyone predicted would be the whipping boys of that group.
MAR v IRN
11:00 am Eastern Time
Neither Morocco nor Iran are favourites to progress from this group, but each of them will feel like they desperately need a win to keep their hopes alive for their next two games against Portugal and Spain.
Morocco are favourites, although Iran has the coach and experience to defeat their African opponents. It should be a fairly close game that has a real significant chance of going either way.
Morocco is back on the world stage after a 20 year drought, and Iran are appearing in a 2nd consecutive World Cup for the first time.
POR v ESP
2:00 pm Eastern Time
This is the big game of the day, as rivals meet in yet another World Cup encounter. This will be Spain’s second consecutive high-profile opening match, having opened with a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands at the last World Cup.
This time, Spain will hope to progress past the group stage, after having been defeated after just 2 of 3 group games in 2014. Portugal will also be back with a vengeance, having been eliminated at the group stage in 2014 as well.
It will be interesting to see how Spain perform, having switched managers just yesterday. Portugal were surprise champions at Euro 2016 in France. Surely Cristiano Ronaldo would not settle for just one major international trophy, and this could very well be his last World Cup.