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Your Guide To RTE's 12 Hours Of Live World Cup Coverage Today

By James Fenton

June 16, 2018 at 9:16am

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After an fairly okay start, the 2018 World Cup exploded into life last night with a 3-3 thriller between Iberian rivals Portugal and Spain.

The match will go down as one of the great World Cup games and it definitely whets the appetite for what's ahead today - 12 hours of live football on your tellybox throughout Saturday.

RTÉ have acquired the rights to every game taking place in Russia this summer and that means Irish viewers will have no need to head out the door today as Darragh Maloney et al take us through proceedings.

Here's what's in store:

France v Australia 10.30am - (kick-off 11am)

Our first opportunity to see if France have got what it takes to go one better than their Euro 2016 runner-up spot.

The Aussies will aim do what Ireland failed to do in 2016 and keep the firepower of Antoine Griezmann at bay in this Group C clash.

Argentina v Iceland 1.30pm - (kick-off 2pm)

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo kicked off his tournament with a hat-trick against Spain last night and today all eyes will be on his eternal rival Lionel Messi to see if he can match his exploits.

Some people (ridiculously) say that the Argentine has to win a World Cup to be truly considered one of the greatest players ever and a Group D win against everyone's favourite Euro 2016 side would see him take a big step towards that dream.

Peru v Denmark - 4.30pm (kick-off 5pm)

Ireland's play-off conquerers get their tournament underway against South American opponents in this Group C clash.

Peru haven't been at a World Cup since 1982 and will need to keep a tight leash on Denmark's Christian Eriksen in a match that could well decide who goes through to the last 16.

Croatia v Nigeria - 7.30pm (kick-off 8pm)

In the final game of today's football marathon, these two World Cup regulars go head-to-head in Group D.

Luka Modric will pull the strings for the Europeans while Nigeria boast a strong attacking side led by Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City.

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