That brings the World Cup day on Friday
At the beginning of the second day of the game at the WM the first teams can already make the leap into the knockout phase perfectly. Hosts Qatar, on the other hand, want to prevent the premature end.
11am: Wales v Iran (ARD and MagentaTV)
The Brits are hoping for their first World Cup victory in 64 years and can probably count on long-time injured veteran Joe Allen. The focus is primarily on the Iranians, who are under sporting and political pressure. Will the players sing the national anthem this time or will they remain silent again? A whole country is watching. In addition, the Iranians need points to qualify for the knockout stages.
2 p.m.: Qatar – Senegal (ARD and MagentaTV)
The World Cup host is threatened with an early end. In order to prevent that, a different face than in the disappointing 0: 2 against Ecuador is urgently needed. The African champions are also under pressure. Senegal have never started a World Cup with a defeat like they lost 2-0 to the Netherlands. Against Qatar it has to work without Bayern’s top star Sadio Mané.
5 p.m.: Netherlands-Ecuador (ARD and MagentaTV)
After the opening win against Senegal, the atmosphere in the Oranje camp is great. Coach Louis van Gaal joked about the serious and trivial things in life on Thursday. For van Gaal, however, Ecuador is better organized than Senegal. For the South Americans, it’s all about whether goalscorer Énner Valencia can play. The 33-year-old has scored all five of his country’s past World Cup goals.
8 p.m.: England – USA (ARD and MagentaTV)
The last game of the day promises to be particularly intense. England are in a World Cup frenzy after beating Iran 6-2, but are up against a much stronger opponent this time. In any case, the USA is not afraid of the co-favourite. Borussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna is likely to start.