Argentina will be looking to punch their ticket to the knockout rounds, but Iran proved to be tougher to break down than experience against Nigeria in the first set of matches. Bosnia will be trying to get a win to put their hopes of making the knockout rounds themselves, an impressive feat for a first-time participant in the World Cup. Nigeria need to try to get something, anything, out of their match after how poor they looked against Iran first time out. Even just looking competent in defeat would be a huge step after the disaster of their first match.
The other match pits Germany against Ghana in what's turning in to one of the toughest groups of the tournament. Ghana came up on the short end of a comeback by the United States, while Germany curb stomped Portugal to show that they mean business. Another dominating win against a Ghanaian side that's actually quite good would announce Germany as a very loud favorite for the World Cup title, especially with Spain out of the picture.
|Argentina vs. Iran||F||Estádio Magalhães Pinto, Belo Horizonte||6 p.m./ noon|
|Germany vs. Ghana||G||Arena Castelão, Fortaleza||9 p.m./ 3 p.m.|
|Nigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina||F||Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá||midnight/ 6 p.m.|
Any Napoli players involved?
Federico Fernandez will be on Argentina's back line and hopefully Gonzalo Higuain will be back in their lineup. Mariano Andujar will be watching from Argentina's bench. Otherwise, bupkis.
What should I keep an eye on?
It's Saturday. It's the weekend. Hopefully the weather is nice. Just sit back and enjoy. Andre Ayew is worth watching if Napoli still have a shot at him, but otherwise we're just looking for knockout stage seeding.
How do I watch these games?
In Italy? You're on SkyGO or Sky Mondiale. In the US it's ESPN in English and Univision in Spanish, and both have online streaming platforms, while Canadians friends have CBC and the CBC Sports player. In the UK you can watch ITV for the first match and BBC One for the rest of the day, or use the ITV or BBC players online. If you live elsewhere, check LiveSoccerTV for listings in your country.