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Summary

  1. GET INVOLVED: What's wrong with Argentina? #bbcworldcup
  2. Argentina on brink of early exit
  3. Friday's first game: Brazil v Costa Rica (13:00 BST)
  4. Other matches: Nigeria v Iceland (16:00 BST), Serbia v Switzerland (19:00 BST)

Live Reporting

By Andrew Mullen

All times stated are UK

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  1. 'Brazil 84% chance of progressing'

    Brazil v Costa Rica (13:00 BST)

    Football statisticians Gracenote Sports believe Brazil have a 84% chance of progressing through the group.

    Gracenote Sports head of analysis, Simon Gleave, said:"An opening match draw against the second-best team in the group is never a disaster so Brazil's 1-1 draw with Switzerland still leaves the Brazilians with an 84% chance of reaching the last 16. That makes Brazil the sixth likeliest team in the last 16 after the opening matches. Brazil do need to record a victory against Costa Rica, though, to stop their chance declining still further."

  2. Fred the Red

    Fred

    Brazil midfielder Fred has completed his £47m move to Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk.

    The 25-year-old, who missed Brazil's opening draw with Switzerland, joins on a five-year-deal.

    He becomes manager Jose Mourinho's second signing this summer following Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot's arrival at Old Trafford.

    "This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team," said Fred.

    "To work with Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed."

  3. Group E - as it stands

    Group E
  4. 'We need to win'

    Brazil v Costa Rica (13:00 BST)

    Bryan Ruiz

    Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz:"Switzerland pressed them in midfield and that's what you need to do because everybody knows that Brazil are best from midfield going forward.

    "We need to win the ball back quickly and counter-attack quickly."

  5. 'We need to take responsibility'

    Brazil v Costa Rica (13:00 BST)

    Philippe Coutinho

    Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho:"We said after the last game we need to improve. All games are like a final, even more so in the World Cup. We need to take responsibility and our heads have to be in the right place. This game is important and we're looking for three points.

    "We spoke about the possibilities and the ways to qualify and points, we had a meeting about that but we take to the field aiming to win."

  6. Brazil held in Swiss opener

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    Video caption: World Cup 2018: Brazil 1-1 Switzerland highlights
  7. Post update

    Brazil v Costa Rica (13:00 BST)

    Philippe Coutinho

    Brazil began the World Cup as one of the favourites, but opened up in underwhelming fashion by drawing with Switzerland, despite going ahead through Philippe Coutinho's wonderful, curling effort.

    However, the five-time champions, appearing in their 21st consecutive tournament, will not worry about qualifying for the knockout phase just yet.

    Unbeaten in their last 13 World Cup group games, winning 10 and drawing three, Brazil have topped their first-round group in every World Cup since 1982 and last failed to progress past this stage in 1966.

    While Costa Rica will not have given up on progressing to the knockout stages for a second consecutive finals, manager Oscar Ramirez will need to retune his team offensively.

    Penalty shootouts excluded, Costa Rica were one of only three sides to remain unbeaten in the 2014 World Cup but have toiled in front of goal at the finals, scoring just once in their last four World Cup games.

    They sprung a surprise by progressing in a group consisting of Uruguay, Italy and England four years ago - but have it all to do now in Russia.

  8. Neymar set to start, Danilo out for Brazil

    Brazil v Costa Rica (13:00 BST)

    Neymar

    Manchester City full-back Danilo will miss Brazil's Group E tie with Costa Rica on Friday after sustaining a thigh strain during training.

    The 26-year-old will be replaced by Corinthians right-back Fagner.

    Meanwhile, Neymar is expected to start despite hobbling out of a training session on Tuesday.

    The Paris St-Germain forward, who broke a bone in his right foot in February, felt pain in his right ankle but took part in another session on Wednesday.

    Costa Rica will look to emulate Switzerland's efforts against Tite's side, who had to settle for a point.

  9. Post update

    Thanks John.

    Yes indeed, the one...two...three...four...five time World Cup winners are back in action today against Costa Rica.

  10. Post update

    Anyone feeling withdrawal symptoms? It's been over 12 hours since our last World Cup game.

    Have no fear..the first of today's three matches in Russia gets underway in two hours.

  11. She's one of our own

    Alex Scott
  12. Post update

    Oh yes, and this....

  13. Man City close in on Napoli midfielder Jorginho

    Jorginho

    Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Napoli’s Italy midfielder Jorginho.

    City boss Pep Guardiola made the 26-year-old one of his key summer targets.

    Although no deal is done yet, the two parties are not far apart in their valuation of the player and it is anticipated the transfer will be completed in time for Jorginho to join the club’s pre-season tour to the United States in the middle of July.

    The Brazilian-born star, who qualifies for Italy through his grandparents, joined Napoli from Verona in January 2014.

  14. Post update

    Little bit of transfer news (does anyone rememeber the Premier League?) before we take a look at today's games.

  15. Group G - as it stands

    Group G