The premier 2014 World Cup match on today’s ESPN (TV/live stream) and Univision (en vivo) live stream schedule features Chile versus Spain (España) in a must-win game for the defending champs. This pivotal (Group B) showdown has a TV schedule start time slated for 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT) from the historic Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
According to a CBS Sports (June 17) report, given that the goal differential appears insurmountable at this point, Spain must beat Chile this afternoon to have any hopes of getting past the group stage. Luckily for La Furia Roja, history is on its side, as Chile comes in winless in their head-to-head series, 0-10. The last time they met dates back to the 2010 World Cup, when the European side prevailed by a final score of 2-1.
Soccer/futbol fans around the world can watch Spain take on Chile in a variety of ways. For starters, big ESPN (English commentary) and Univision (En Español) will be airing this match at the TV start time stated above.
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Keep in mind that pre-match TV coverage gets underway at 2:30 p.m. ET on both networks, and that the online (ESPN3) pre-game show starts at 1 p.m. ET. As far as the match is concerned, those watching the 2014 World Cup online can launch ESPN3’s free live stream also beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET (free live stream/no subscription required).
As reported by FIFA.com on June 18, midfielder Andres Iniesta understands that that Spain’s World Cup reign would come to an end if they fail to beat Chile and/or if the Netherlands can avoid a loss against Australia in the earlier game. It’s worth noting that historically, only three defending champs have been eliminated in the first round: Brazil (1966), France (2002), and Italy (2010).
“Chile are a difficult team because we’ll have to defend and we’ll have to fight one against one,” Iniesta said. “We must be able to make the right passes, and look for those in space, so we can score goals. Our only goal right now is winning so we can go to the next phase. But we trust ourselves and we’re well equipped for that.”
For the South American side, coming off an impressive, 3-1, win over Australia certainly raised Chile’s stock at the 2014 World Cup. As noted by FIFA.com on June 18, no one is happier to be in a position to advance to the Round of 16 than Chile midfielder, Arturo Vidal.
After undergoing knee surgery on May 7, the 27-year-old from Santiago was not expected to partake in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, after a miraculous recovery, the Juventus F.C. midfielder will try and help his team sink the mighty Spain this afternoon.
For all intents and purposes, España comes into this live stream/en vivo match against Chile as the betting favorites. A few moments away from kickoff, Spain is listed as a respectable -175 favorite, while Chile isn’t getting much respect as a +500 dog. The OVER/UNDER for this match is set at a combined total of 3 goals, and the chances that this game at a stalemate are calculated at +300 (draw).