Sunday 23 September, 2018

World Cup schedule for Wednesday, June 20

Russia's Mario Fernandes, left, challenges for the ball Egypt's Mohamed Salah, right, during the group A match at the 2018 footbalal World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Russia's Mario Fernandes, left, challenges for the ball Egypt's Mohamed Salah, right, during the group A match at the 2018 footbalal World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

 It was a day of upsets in an underdog-friendly World Cup.

Japan knocked off Colombia, becoming the first Asian team to beat a squad from South America in the tournament's history. Then Senegal got past eighth-ranked Poland. Six of the top eight teams in the FIFA rankings failed to win their initial matches.

No one was quite sure what to expect out of Egypt, which got star Mohamed Salah back from injury, but a second straight dominant performance by host nation Russia was still a surprise. Russia scored three goals in 15 minutes and held on to win 3-1.

The hosts have benefited from a weaker-than-average group but still have played exceptionally and are all but guaranteed a spot in the second round.

WEDNESDAY'S MATCHES

GROUP B
Portugal vs Morocco (7:00 am Jamaica time)
Iran vs Spain (1:00 pm Jamaica time)

GROUP A
Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (10:00 am Jamaica time)

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