FRIDAY (June 18):
- Germany vs. Serbia, 1:30 pm (7:30 am EST on ESPN)
- USA vs. Slovenia, 4 pm (10 am EST on ESPN)
- England vs. Algeria, 8:30 pm (2:30 pm EST on ESPN2)
No. 6-ranked Germany was expected to defeat No. 15-ranked Serbia, according to FIFA's rankings, But Serbia drew first blood and thanks to yellow-card happy refs, held on to a 1-0 lead in the second half. Serbia lost their first game to Ghana, making a win against Germany almost unfathomable after Deutschland's 4-1 drubbing of the Aussies.
No. 14-ranked USA is expected to top No. 25-ranked Slovenia, though only if the Americans can get over their David vs. Goliath complex.
And No. 8-ranked England is expected to beat No. 30-ranked Algeria.
Download a PDF of the World Cup schedule from FIFA, and this ESPN fact sheet on its month-long coverage of the World Cup. Live television coverage on ESPN and Univision begins a half-hour before each match. ESPN3 offers live streaming.
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