The World Cup is underway in Brazil, with three more games scheduled for today. Here’s the schedule and TV listings.
Tuesday, June 17
Group H — Belgium vs Algeria — 12 p.m. kickoff — ESPN
Group A — Brazil vs Mexico — 3 p.m. kickoff — ESPN
Group H — Russia vs South Korea — 6 p.m. kickoff — ESPN
All times are Eastern Daylight Time.
Online streaming is available for all games on Watch ESPN.
Game to Watch
The best game today is the middle one, pitting Brazil against Mexico.
Both teams won their first game and want to get another win. Brazil is favored, but El Tri has given Brazil big problems over the last several years, including beating them in the Olympic final in 2012.
Then again, Brazil did win in the last match at the Confederations Cup last year.
Brazil striker Hulk is a doubtful starter after missing training for two days due to a left leg injury, meaning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari may have to change a winning formula.
Scolari planned to leave the decision until game day, saying “If he can’t play we lose something because this team has been playing together for a long time with this same system.”
Five-time World Cup champion Brazil has won 16 of its last 17 matches, including the Confederations Cup on home soil last year, and Scolari attributes that to sticking with a formula.
If Hulk is ruled out, Chelsea midfielder Ramires and 21-year-old Bernard could come into contention for a starting spot.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.