ESPN will be a popular channel on TV and for online live streaming starting Friday as the 2014 FIFA World Cup schedule expands to its first full day of football (i.e. soccer) games and multiple high profile teams see their first action. If Thursday’s opening game offers any indication then there will be a lot of drama and amazing goals scored.
Host country Brazil got off to a rough start when one of their defenders inadvertently knocked the ball into his own net early in the first half, giving underdog Croatia an unexpected lead. The fans were restless until Brazil’s Neymar struck a ball from outside the penalty box and snuck it just inside the post to pull the game even where it stayed to halftime.
Brazil took the lead early in the second half when Neymar netted his second goal on a controversial penalty kick call. Oscar netted a third and final goal shortly into stoppage time to seal the win for the only team to appear in every World Cup and continue the perfect streak of the host country winning their first game.
Friday’s World Cup schedule starts early with Mexico and Cameroon kicking off at noon EST / 9am PST. That game is followed by Spain vs Netherlands at 3pm EST, and the day wraps up with Chile taking on Australia at 6pm EST. The World Cup schedule will continue to feature at least three games per day through June 26 when cuts are made and the elimination round begins.
For those that don’t remember, Spain and Netherlands played in the 2010 World Cup finals with Spain eeking out a 1-0 victory to claim the cup. Most expect the reigning world champions to win their opening match, but Netherlands is not to be underestimated and should play the champs to either a tie or a one-goal differential.
Everything you need to know in order to watch World Cup 2014 games live online streaming or on TV today is presented below.
Friday, June 13 Total Games: Three
First Game Start Time: 12pm EST / 9am PST
Where to Watch on TV: ESPN2
Live Stream: ESPN3, WatchESPN.com, WatchESPN App