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Summary

  1. Messi says missed penalty 'hurts' after Argentina held by Iceland
  2. Croatia beat Nigeria, Denmark defeat Peru & France edge past Australia
  3. Sunday's matches: Costa Rica v Serbia (13:00 BST)
  4. Later: Germany v Mexico (16:00), Brazil v Switzerland (19:00)
  5. Can anyone stop Germany and Brazil? Get involved #bbcworldcup

Live Reporting

By Timothy Abraham

All times stated are UK

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  1. GOODBYE

    Right the live action between Serbia and Costa Rica is not too far away so it's time to point you in the direction of our coverage of that game.

    It kicks off at 13:00 BST but our live text commentary of the fixture is starting any second now so click here and it will magically transport you over.

    Thanks for all your contributions to the debate on whether any other teams can stop Brazil or Germany. I reckon the latter will overcome their recent shaky form and hit top gear in the knockout stages.

    Goodbye for now.

  2. 'We are not here for a lovely match'

    Brazil v Switzerland (19:00 BST)

    Vladimir Petkovic

    Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic says his side will not just roll over against Brazil when they meet at the Rostov Arena.

    Petkovic said: "We're not here to make a lovely match but to win it.

    "We'll try to be as organised as possible, you need to provoke a team like Brazil into making mistakes so you can create opportunities, that's the mentality you need to have because we'll need to score one or two goals to win the game."

  3. 'I hope Neymar will be ready'

    Brazil v Switzerland (19:00 BST)

    Neymar

    Brazil manager Tite says forward Neymar is still not completely fit for their opening match of the tournament against Switzerland.

    The PSG star has been out with a broken metatarsal in his right foot since February.

    "Neymar is not 100% yet," Tite said. "But he is privileged and strong physically. He is very quick, and he hasn't lost that.

    "I hope he'll be ready, but the medical staff knows better. He's good enough to play very well."

  4. 'Swiss shouldn't trouble Brazil'

    Brazil v Switzerland (19:00 BST)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Former Liverpool defender

    Brazil are my pick to win the World Cup, because the players they have got in midfield and attack are just frightening.

    Switzerland, in contrast, are more workmanlike but, as a team, they are greater than the sum of their parts. I don't see them causing Brazil too many problems, but they can finish second in Group E.

    Prediction: 2-0

    Read Lawro's full predictions

  5. Get Involved - can anyone stop Brazil and Germay?

    #bbcworldcup

    Garry McCammon: If Belgium can click they've as good a squad as anyone, they just lack fluidity.

    Duncan Mciver: Spain have the best team and best squad. Look at their substitutes from Friday's game - Aspas, Alcántara and Lucas Vasquez would make it into most other teams. They only drew because of three mistakes. They won't make as many in the rest of the tournament.

    Stephen Shaw: Brazil - people keep saying they have a point to prove. They did in 2014 too and look how that went. Less pressure though this time. Germany - always poor the next World Cup after winning it, and playing badly recently too.

  6. 'The dream begins today'

    Germany v Mexico (16:00 BST)

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    The Mexico team's Twitter account captures just how much the nation will be relishing their opening match of the tournament against Germany. Their message translate as:

    Four years waiting for this day.

    Thousands of hours work to be here.

    The dream begins today.

  7. 'Commitment, sacrifice, willpower'

    Germany v Mexico (16:00 BST)

    Toni Kroos, Joachim Low

    Since sealing qualification for Russia with a perfect record of 10 wins from 10 and a new joint European record of 43 goals Germany have won just one of six friendly games.

    A blip? Germany midfielder Toni Kroos was in fairly bullish mood ahead of their opening game against Mexico

    "Commitment, sacrifice, self-motivation and willpower — those are the key requirements of this Germany team," Kroos said.

    "Everyone here is an elite player and the self-confidence we all have comes from having won something major before we go into a tournament."

  8. World Cup catch-up

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    Video caption: World Cup Catch-Up: Lionel Messi misses on day of penalties

    No less than five penalties were awarded in Saturday's matches on a day when VAR dominated the agenda. We have all the goals and talking points, as well as some of the more lighthearted moments, nicely rounded up in a World Cup catch-up video for you.

  9. Southgate will sleep soundly

    Gareth Southgate

    England manager Gareth Southgate says he will have no problem dropping off this evening despite the anticipation of their World Cup opener against Tunisia tomorrow.

    "I think everything in terms of preparation will be done," Southgate said.

    "I think there is an importance for the players at this time that we don't overload them with information and normally the night before a game I sleep at my best because the preparations and the decisions I have to take are all done.

    "You have some messages to give to the players but unfortunately for them it goes on their shoulders a little bit on match day so I generally sleep very well."

  10. Lenin's back on show

    Howard Nurse

    BBC Sport in Moscow

    Red Square

    There are thousands of football fans in Moscow enjoying the hot sunshine and proudly wearing their country's shirt but the main tourist attraction, Red Square, remains closed off to the public following last week's Russia Day events.

    The city's authorities are gradually dismantling the temporary seating that was installed and removing it and for the first time during the World Cup, Lenin's Tomb can be seen (behind the lorry in centre of photograph).

    The former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin was laid to rest shortly after his death in 1924 and his preserved body has been on public display ever since (apart from during wartime and every 18 months when the body needs to be re-embalmed).

  11. Get Involved - can anyone stop Brazil and Germany?

    #bbcworldcup

    Nicholas Belfitt: The European teams look far too strong this year. A blend of experience, strategy and match winners. Apart from Argentina and Brazil I can't see many other non-European nations going through.

    Kyle: Let's hope it is England - although I doubt that. Quarter-finals at best for us unfortunately.

    Darren Quibby: I thought Argentina were awful yesterday, only tactics were give the ball to Lionel Messi.

  12. Look who popped in for a chat...

    Brazil v Switzerland (19:00 BST)

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    Former Brazil striker Ronaldo dropped in on the current squad to offer a few words of encouragement before their opening match - and pose for a few selfies with Neymar, Marcelo and co.

  13. Sunday's World Cup football

    Neymar in Brazil training

    Attention turns to Group E on day four of the 2018 World Cup, with Group F also getting under way featuring holders Germany.

    Five-time winners Brazil have looked sharp in their preparations, and will be looking for the perfect start to banish any remaining memories of four years ago. Here's your fixture schedule for today.

    Group E

    • 13:00 Costa Rica v Serbia
    • 19:00 Brazil v Switzerland

    Group F

    • 16:00 Germany v Mexico

    All kick-off times are BST.

  14. Get Involved

    Kyle: France were poor yesterday and lucky to win but I backed them to win before the tournament starts and I'm sticking with them. Squad wise they have great strength in depth and a formidable pacey front three. Paul Pogba needs to start dominating matches more though.

    We want to hear your thoughts on whether any other teams can stop the big two - Germany and Brazil - as they begin their pursuit of World Cup glory today. If so, how and why?

    Get involved using Twitter with the hashtag #bbcworldcup or text us on 81111.

  15. 'Peru fans still believe'

    Peru 0-1 Denmark

    Patrick Jennings

    BBC Sport in Saransk

    Peru fans

    Peru's magical fans just do not stop. They were singing long into last night, despite yesterday's cruel defeat by Denmark.

    There were absolutely loads of them here in Saransk. I'd be tempted to say 80% of the 40,000 at the ground. Denmark had a few in one corner, and I didn't come across a local who hadn't been carried away by all the colour, humour and warmth.

    There were inflatable vicunas (the Peruvian national animal - a relative of the llama), men wearing giant plastic ears in homage to winger Edison Flores, and so much love for their team, despite all the adversity.

    Many still believe they will go through, that they will beat France on Thursday next. Maybe I've been carried away too, but from the way both teams played yesterday, there's a chance...