Three matches on the docket today, one that could possibly feature Roma’s next offseason acquisition, Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech. Hopefully today’s actually will be a bit more balanced than yesterday’s opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
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Egypt v. Uruguay
Time: 8 am EDT
Location: Stadion Central
Storyline: Can Mohamed Salah recover from a shoulder injury he sustained during the Champions League final to lead his nation over Luis Suarez and the rest of Uruguay?
Morocco v. Iran
Time: 11:00 am EDT
Location: Stadion Krestovskyi
Storyline: Hakim Ziyech could make quite a name for himself with a strong showing on the global stage, his first task will be taming a relatively unknown and newly unbooted Iran side.
Portugal v. Spain
Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Location: Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Storyline: This is by far the match of the day, as two traditional European powers will look to gain an early advantage in group play. Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t missing much from his resume, save for that Jules Rimet trophy.