World Cup 2018 - LIVE: Latest news, updates to Brazil vs Switzerland as Mexico beat champions Germany
What a World Cup 2018 so far! Weâve had Cristiano Ronaldo shine as Lionel Messi faltered, Spain pretty much coach themselves, Russia hit five and VAR make its mark on the tournament. And day four is even more exciting.
Costa Rica kick it all off against Serbia at 1pm BST before two of the heavy favourites make their first marks in Russia this summer.
World champions Germany start their campaign to become only the second team to retain the trophy against Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium before Brazil, who have won this competition more than any other country, take on Switzerland in Group E.
So, letâs get to it!
Live UpdatesNew updates availableRefresh 2018-06-17T08:30:09.440Z Good morning all, and welcome to Day Four of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Independent will have all the latest news, views and latest updates from Russia throughout the day. 2018-06-17T08:34:27.830Z A three-course Sunday for your pleasure today. First Costa Rica meet Serbia in Samara, with Los Ticos looking to recapture the magic of four years ago where they reached the quarter-finals. That kicks off at 1PM. Then, from 4PM, Germany begin their quest to retain their crown and notch a fifth World Cup victory. They face an experienced Mexico side keen to dispel their reputation as underachievers. And finally at 7PM the much-fancied Brazilians face Switzerland at the Rostov Arena. Can the Swiss replicate their strong qualifying campaign and shock Tite's men? 2018-06-17T08:38:45.740Z Talking of Tite, The Independent's Chief Football Writer Miguel Delaney has written an excellent story on how he has built his Brazil, and how they may look to beat Switzerland, using their physical midfield to overrun their opponents:
Tite has lifted Brazil b ack on to their feet - but awkward Switzerland will prove how steady they now stand2018-06-17T08:45:37.400Z Meanwhile Jack Lang has produced a retrospective of England's defeat to the SeleÃ§Ã£o in the quarter-finals 16 years ago, speaking to Luiz Felipe Scolari and three of his players about the game and how it impacted their eventual triumph, but also commenting on how this was not a typical English tournament exit:
Remembering England vs Brazil 2002 - an oral history: As good as it got for the 'Golden Generation'2018-06-17T08:54:13.993Z We must also look back on yesterday's action, and VAR (as many would have anticipated before the tournament) is the big talking point. France's 2-1 victory over Australia began affairs on an action-packed Saturday, and Les Bleus benefitted from a VAR intervention, awarding Antoine Griezman n a penalty after the referee initially ruled no foul. Paul Pogba's late deflected strike gave France the victory after Australia scored a penalty of their own. 2018-06-17T09:02:42.826Z Argentina could only draw with Iceland at the Spartak Stadium as Lionel Messi endured a frustrating afternoon in Moscow. His 64th-minute penalty was saved, and Argentina were unable to score a winner against a resolute and well-organised Icelandic defence. However, there are plenty arguing that La Albiceleste should have had another penalty. Yet there was no call from the video assistants, and Iceland gritted their way to a 1-1 draw. 2018-06-17T09:10:03.453Z Peru will rue their own missed penalty (awarded via VAR) as Denmark began with a 1-0 win in Saransk. Christian Eriksen's pass freed Yussuf Poulsen, and the striker finished well to give the Danes the ideal start to the tournament. And finally, Croatia and Nigeria disappointed in a rather drab affair yesterday evening in Kaliningrad. Luka Modric's penalty sealed a 2-0 win for Croatia after new Stoke signing Oghenekaro Etebo had earlier put one into his own net. 2018-06-17T09:14:31.930Z Diego Maradona is in the news for all the wrong reasons, with allegations of a racist gesture he may have directed towards a group of South Korea fans yesterday.
Diego Maradona accused of making âclearly racist gestureâ to young South Korean fans2018-06-17T09:20:08.556Z For all the fallout from yesterday and a look ahead to today, you can listen to The Indy Football Podcast, via various podcast platforms including acast and iTunes. A new episode drops everyday throughout at the tournament, and the most recent episode saw The Independent's Chief Sports Writer âJonathan Liew join Sports Editor Ed Malyon and Northern Football Correspondent Mark Critchley for 45 minutes of entertaining discussion and analysis. Have a listen before the World Cup action begins again! 2018-06-17T09:25:10.063Z In case you were unaware, England play their first game against Tunisia tomorrow night. The trained for the final time in Repino before the game today, and they now head for Volgograd where Gareth Southgate will face the media tonight. 2018-06-17T09:30:24.933Z Though there has been no official confirmation, there is plenty of chatter about a potential leak of Southgate's chosen starting lineup. It appears Harry Maguire will start as part of a back three, Ashley Young gets the nod over Danny Rose at Left Wing-Back and Jordan Henderson likely to anchor the midfield. Likely England Starting XI (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Alli, Young; Sterling, Kane (c). Happy with that, England fans? 2018-06-17T09:39:09.203Z The on-field officials have been assigned for England's opener, with Colombia's Wilmar RoldÃ¡n taking the whistle. RoldÃ¡n also refereed in Brazil four years ago, and became a FIFA international referee in 2008. 2018-06-17T10:02:42.033Z More officiating news - here are today's VAR officials. They will be hoping for a less eventful day after yesterday's drama: 2018-06-17T10:10:16.923Z Philippe Coutinho wasn't in Brazil's squad four years ago, but now he may be crucial as they look to redeem their 7-1 semi-final drubbing and win a sixth world cup. Rupert Fryer has profiled Coutinho:
The fall and rise of Philippe Coutinho and how he has encapsulated Brazilâs four-year rec overy2018-06-17T10:23:38.493Z Big day for Costa Rica's Rodney Wallace. The New York City FC winger turns 30 today, and will hope to celebrate by helping his side to a win against Serbia. We should have team news from the Samara Arena shortly. 2018-06-17T10:41:59.216Z There will be some of you dismissing today's opener as thoroughly unappealing, but it could be an interesting game to watch. Costa Rica's defensive solidity and team spirit took them to the quarter-finals in Brazil, and they will back themselves to do similarly in Russia. Serbia have a really talented 23-man squad, and for fans who don't watch a whole lot of Italian football this tournament offers a fantastic opportunity to watch rising superstar Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Lazio midfielder is one of the hottest names in football and is being heavily courted by Europe's biggest clubs, including M anchester United. 2018-06-17T11:00:59.463Z Team news from Samara: 2018-06-17T11:02:46.976Z Do you want detailed live coverage of Costa Rica vs Serbia? Join Molly Hudson here throughout the game:
Costa Rica vs Serbia LIVE World Cup 2018BREAKING NEWS 2018-06-17T11:36:08.290Z Bad news for Serbia: Aleksandar Kolarov appears to have picked up a knock in the warm-up. It would be a big blow were they to lose their captain so close to kick-off. 2018-06-17T11:41:58.296Z England have finished up in their preparations in Repino. Spirits appear to be high in the camp: Next
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