World Cup 2018 day four: updates as Germany and Brazil kick off – live!


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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.

Nothing says World Cup fever quite like a homemade three metre-high tandem bicycle but those crazy Brazilians have done it again, riding this beauty around the Rostov Arena ahead of the Selecao’s meeting with Switzerland.
Nothing says World Cup fever quite like a homemade three metre-high tandem bicycle but those crazy Brazilians have done it again, riding this beauty around the Rostov Arena ahead of the Selecao’s meeting with Switzerland. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

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I am a veteran journalist based in Chandigarh India.I joined the profession in June 1982 and worked as a Staff Reporter with the National Herald at Delhi till June 1986. I joined The Hindu at Delhi in 1986 as a Staff Reporter and was promoted as Special Correspondent in 1993 and transferred to Chandigarh. I left The Hindu in September 2012 and launched my own newspaper ventures including this news portal and a weekly newspaper NORTH INDIA KALEIDOSCOPE (currently temporarily suspended).