With things very much wide open in Group H, Belgium battles Russia in Sunday’s opening FIFA World Cup match (Copa Mundial de Futbol Brasil 2014), which will be live streaming (English/en Español en vivo) on ESPN (online), and televised nationally (TV schedule) on Univision and ABC’s family of networks (United States), as well as CBC in Canada. As detailed in a June 22 BR report, historic Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be the site for this TV and live stream soccer/football encounter this afternoon.
Opening kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. Eastern Time, and ABC and Univision (En Español) will handle national TV broadcasting duties, while ESPN will host all the free live stream (Internet) feeds for this one. FIFA World Cup fans that cannot get enough TV and live stream coverage can start their pre-game tailgating as early as 10 a.m. ET.
Courtesy of ESPN3 (online), free Pre-Match Coverage (live stream) – Belgium vs. Russia (2014 FIFA World Cup) is available for soccer fans worldwide two hours before kickoff with no subscriptions required. But the live stream viewing experience doesn’t end there, as the Worldwide Leader in Sports will host the following feeds for today’s opening match:
(11:30 a.m.) Belgium vs. Russia (Group H) (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(11:55 a.m.) Highlight Reel – Belgium vs. Russia (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(11:55 a.m.) Tactical Cam – Belgium vs. Russia (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(11:55 a.m.) Korean Audio – Belgium vs. Russia (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(11:55 a.m.) Portuguese Audio – Belgium vs. Russia (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(11:57 a.m.) Em Português – Bélgica vs. Rússia (Grupo H) 2014 FIFA World Cup
Meanwhile, TV viewing for this match is available for English and Spanish speakers in the United States and Canada. As stated above, ABC will broadcast with match with English commentary beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET and Univision (en vivo) will take care of the Spanish-speaking Latino community (Copa Mundial de Futbol Brasil 2014 en Español).
As far as expectations for this Group H match are concerned, soccer oddsmakers believe that Belgium is the team to beat. Moments before kickoff, the Russians are listed as +280 underdogs versus a Belgian side with +105 odds to get the job done.
In addition to the money-lines, the chances that this match ends in a draw are calculated at +210, and oddsmakers are expecting a low-scoring affair, as the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 2 goals. With three points accumulated, (1-0-0) Belgium comes in leading Group H standings, while (0-0-1) Russia sits in third place with a single tally after one game.
Who will prevail in a match that could decide the outcome of Group H: Will Belgium fulfill its Maracana ‘dream’, or will the Russians continue living the dream in Brazil 2014? Tune to ABC (United States), Univision (en vivo) and CBC (Canada) to watch it all unfold on TV, while those watching on a desktop, tablet and other Internet mobile devices can click on the links provided above to launch ESPN’s free live streams.