Kicking off Thursday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup schedule is a terrific (Group C) showdown between Colombia and Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire), a soccer match up that can be seen live on ESPN TV and Univision TV (en vivo), and live streaming free online at ESPN3 (WatchESPN). A June 18 USA Today report highlights Thursday’s World Cup 2014 clashes, their respective TV schedules and what’s at stake in each particular match.
In the case of (1-0-0) Colombia versus (1-0-0) Ivory Coast, the stakes couldn’t be higher, as Group C supremacy will be on the line this afternoon. Estádio Nacional de Brasilia in Brasília, Brazil, will be the site for this pivotal battle, which has an opening (TV start time) kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT/9 a.m. PT).
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As far as the pre-match festivities are concerned, no one covers the 2014 World Cup better than ESPN’s online live streaming services. Beginning at 10 a.m. ET, hardcore fans of Colombia and Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) can launch the free ESPN3 live stream to watch all the arrivals and pre-game routines the players go through leading up to the match.
For the casual fans, there are TV and live streaming options for the more condensed version of the pre-match show. TV viewers can tune to ESPN (English commentary) and Univision (transmision en vivo y en Español) beginning at 11:30 a.m. to set the tone for what will be a very entertaining match between two dangerous opponents.
For those watching online, the free (ESPN3) Internet live stream, which will mirror ESPN’s national TV broadcast also gets underway half-hour before the scheduled kickoff time. Online viewers will also have the option of watching Colombia and Ivory Coast battle it out for the top spot in Group C in a variety of camera angles – visit WatchESPN for more information.
As far as the actual match is concerned, FIFA.com reported that Côte d’Ivoire, who defeated Japan 2-1 in the opener, would be without the services of striker Didier Ya Konan (knee injury). Instead, all indications are that Didier Drogba will get the nod this afternoon versus the South Americans.
For Colombia, who’s coming off a 3-0 win over Greece, players like Juan Cuadrado were pleasantly surprised to see the amount of support in the stands for the opener. As FIFA noted on June 18, Los Cafeteros were inspired by the “sea of yellow” on the crowd, which drove them to make their first World Cup appearance in 6 years a memorable one.
Who will win this crucial match and take control of the top spot in Group C? According to 2014 FIFA World Cup oddsmakers, Colombia is a -105 favorite, while Ivory Coast is considered a +285 underdog. The OVER/UNDER for this TV/live streaming soccer match is set at a combined total of 2½ goals, and the odds of a draw tally +235.