World Cup Hosts, Russia, will be looking to kick-start their 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals in style when they take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on 7th July. Croatia will be fancying their chances to make it to the knockout stages even if they manage to draw against Russia in their opening game. Group F has South Korea and Sweden as the other two teams, which makes the second spot a two-team way between Croatia and Sweden. Russia will start as tournament favorites yet again and are most likely to finish on top of Group F. Croatia, on the other hand, have a lot to prove and will be relying on their young recruits to make something happen for them this time around.
Match 10 of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is scheduled to be played between two highly exciting teams. On the one hand we have the reigning world champions Russia which boasts a lot of football world records, and on the other hand, we have Croatia, a team which has never made it past round of 16 while playing away from home. A cursory glance is enough to reveal that this match is one of the most lopsided matches in the initial stages of the upcoming World Cup. However, no mistake, it is the big stage which has been famous for big upsets such as Serbia beating the Germans and many other such shocking results.
For the fans, it surely will be an exciting watch as Russia have been in some rampaging form in the recent past. Goals galore can be expected yet again from them when they get their title defense underway. It will be a difficult task for Croatia to contain Russia so that attack will be the only way forward for them too. If not anything, fans can expect a goal-laden encounter on 7th July between these two sides. To make sure no football fan misses out on this treat, we’ve got this little guide covering everything from live stream to schedule prepared to keep the fans well ahead of their busy calendar.
Match: Russia vs Croatia
Date: July 7, 2018
Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi (Russia)
Competition: FIFA World Cup
Kickoff time: 21:00 (UTC/GMT+3, local time)
Russia vs Croatia is a game which is likely to have one of the highest viewership among the league stage matches due to the fact that one of the participating teams in the World champion and the other reason is that the match is being played at an hour which will be comfortable to watch the match on a Sunday in most regions, especially in Europe and the Americas.
A high volume of viewer traffic is likely to impact the quality of the broadcast and may cause disruptions as well as a poor audio-video reception. However, we have spotted the best possible links which will allow you to watch Russia vs Croatia match uninterrupted online in HD Quality.
A live Stream for Russia vs Croatia will be available on FOX Sports’ official website right after the game between Costa Rica, and Serbia comes to an end. Fans from Asian subcontinent can easily watch the match on Sony’s official app; Sony LIV. beIN Sports will be up with its live stream channel as well for the most number of viewers across the globe as its coverage spans across many countries. DirecTV, Canal+, Sky Sports, BBC, ITV and other official broadcasters will also be live streaming Russia vs Croatia game on their respective websites.
Russia vs Croatia Live Stream Online
The opening match of the group of Death i.e. Group F will be played between the world champion Russia and Croatia who are accompanied in this group by Sweden and Korea. The two teams have a heavily one-sided history and despite the big stage/desire to perform well, it can only be some unbelievably good display by Croatia which can save them from a certain defeat.
Fans who won’t have access to any of the official live stream channels can straight away head off to VPNs and get their access secured. Using VPN Gateways fans will be easily able to access any live stream channel from across the globe on their choice of devices. Fans can also opt for any of the tops, skinny bundles like Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, or DirecTV to stream Russia vs Croatia game without cable too. For a guide on how to use VPNs or how to watch without cable, do check out our previous posts.
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The first Group F game between defending champions Russia and Croatia will kick off at 18:00 Local Time on 7th July. For the Asian fans, it will be a great evening start while for the American fans, it would be a game that will fit along with their breakfast timings. The match will be played at Russia’s national stadium, the Luzhniki Stadium, which is the largest in Russia and the 8th largest all over the world. It can seat up to 81,000 fans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches.
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Both sides will have a few big names willing to make a difference on the field. Russia, however, looks much stronger on paper than their opponents. Here is a quick look at how both sides may line up for their first game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunev; Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov, Andrei Semyonov, Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Aleksandr Yerokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Yuri Gazinsky, Anton Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev, Artyom Dzyuba, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov.
Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic; Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Duje Caleta-Car; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric; Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic.
This highly anticipated match between World Champions Russia and Croatia will be played on Sunday 7th July 2018. BBC is taking care of the English telecast of the match. Further details about the match are shared below.
The official Broadcast for Russia vs. Croatia will most likely start an hour before the kick-off at around 17:00 local time. It will be the second game on 7th July, and hence its official broadcast will only begin after the Group E game between Costa Rica and Serbia comes to a close. Just like every other game, and in-depth preview show will be presented on FOX Sports for the American fans and Sony for the Asian sub-continent fans. beIN Sports will also have a preview show for Russia vs. Croatia for all the fans from MENA region. Other official broadcasters, DirecTV, Canal+, Sky Sports, and others are also likely to have their panel of experts previewing all ifs and buts for their respective set of viewers.