Two contenders will take the field on Sunday: Germany will square off against Mexico, while the Neymar-led Brazil will take on Switzerland, both looking to get off on the right foot, but their opponents are no pushovers. Today’s first game will be between Costa Rica and Serbia.
Two other top national teams will make their debut in Russia on Monday: Belgium will face Panama and England will challenge Tunisia. They will try to take advantage of favourable match-ups on paper. The slate will be opened by Sweden versus South Korea. Two intriguing teams in the second tier, Colombia and Poland, will day view on Tuesday, respectively against Japan and Senegal.
The competition will then kick it to higher gear with the second round of matches and some of them could massively sway the qualification to the next phase. For starters, in what is next week’s biggest game, Argentina will need a positive result against the talented Croatia on Thursday in order to avoid troubles. After their barnburner, Portugal and Spain will try to take control of their group on Wednesday, when they will face Morocco and Iran. France will try to bounce back, in terms of intensity, against Peru on Thursday.
Few teams can already secure their pass to the elimination stage: the hosts of Russia will seek to do just that against Egypt on Tuesday, while Luis Suarez has an opportunity to redeem himself after few missed sitters as Uruguay face Saudi Arabia’s leaky back-line. Denmark will square off against Australia already having three points in the bag.
The schedule will be completed by few fixtures whose importance will be determined by what transpired in the first days of the week: in the weekend, Belgium will face Tunisia and Germany will take on the stingy Sweden.
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