(SportingAlert.com) — The 2014 World Cup continues with three more live games on day 9 on Friday, with Italy and France both hoping to seal places in the knock-out round.
At the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Italy and Costa Rica clash in Group D, with both teams seeking a win to go to six points and top the group. Italy defeated England 2-1 in their World Cup group opener, while Costa Rica had a shocking 3-1 win over Uruguay in their opening game in Brazil.
On Friday, the two teams will have it all to do again, and the Azzurri are bracing for a very tough game against a CONCACAF side that is buzzing with confidence. Italy had a 1-0 victory in these teams’ only head-to-head clash. Live coverage of the game, which starts at 12 pm ET (13:00 local time) will be on ESPN in USA, with live online streaming on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN App.
Other channels for live streaming and broadcast are, beIN Sports 1 HD, beIN Sports 2 HD, beIN Sports 11 HD, beIN Sports 13 HD, SBS One Australia, CBC Sports Live Streaming, Repretel HD, Repretel En Vivo, Teletica En Vivo, RAI Uno, TIMVision Live Streaming, SKY GO, RAI Sport 1, RAI Live Streaming, Sky Mondiali, RTE Player, RTE 2, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live.
Action in Group E at the World Cup also continues on Friday at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador with France taking on Switzerland at 2 pm ET (16:00 Local time). ESPN in USA, will again have live TV coverage, with live online streaming on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN App.
Karim Benzema guided France to a thumping 3-0 win over Honduras in their first game and a victory on Friday would put them in pole position to qualify to the last 16. But the clash is not expected to be as easy as the Honduras contest, with Switzerland prime to make it another workman-like game. Switzerland came from behind to score a battling 2-1 win over Ecuador in their last game, with Haris Seferovic netting the winner with the last kick of the evening in the 93rd minute.
YLE TV2, YLE Streaming, TF1 Suisse, RSI La 2, SRF zwei, RTS Deux, RTS Sport, along with beIN Sports 1 HD, beIN Sports 2 HD, beIN Sports 11 HD, beIN Sports 13 HD, SBS One Australia, CBC Sports Live Streaming…and more will also provide coverage.
The third and final game on Friday night comes from Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, where Honduras and Ecuador will clash. Both teams will hope to bounce back from opening game defeats, as they seek to stay in the runnings for a last 16 place from Group E.
Action begins at 6 pm ET (19:00 Local time) with ESPN, ESPN3, ITV 1 UK, UTV, STV Scotland, ITV Player, BBC Radio 5 Live, TalkSport Radio, Vica TV, Canal 5 Televicentro Honduras, TC Television, Gamavision and DIRECTV Ecuador amongst the TV channels doing live broadcast and streaming for the involved teams.