This article titled “World Cup 2018 day four: updates as Germany and Brazil kick off – live!” was written by Jonathan Howcroft (now) Daniel Harris (later), for theguardian.com on Sunday 17th June 2018 09.45 Asia/Kolkata
Where shall we begin? How about by looking back on yesterday’s action: four games, eight goals and endless controversy.
The Football Weekly massive have bravely digested that feast of football and battled through the inevitable postprandial haze to communicate everything you need to know, in podcast form. The 40-minute show is ideal in duration to take an adult labrador for a stroll through a suburban park. I know, because that’s what I did shortly before signing on here.
Welcome to Day Four
Hello everybody and welcome to the start of day four of Russia 2018.
It’s a day that promises plenty with the first sightings of heavyweights Germany and Brazil. None of the other strongly fancied teams have stamped their authority on this World Cup yet so a statement performance from either perennial contender could lay down a marker to the rest of the competition.
Brazil feature against Switzerland in the last of three matches. Before that we’ve got Germany taking on Mexico. And before that Costa Rica and Serbia meet in what’s sure to be a barnburner as a consequence of so many fans sacrificing it in favour of completing basic life admin tasks that have been put on hold during this weekend orgy of football.
There’s no shortage of talking points from day three to churn through as well, not least the debut of Video Assistant Referees at a World Cup. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of correspondence to get through on that subject, so feel free to email or tweet me about VAR or anything else Mundial related you want to discuss.
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