With another four games on Wednesday, the World Cup group stage picks up speed.
Two of the tournament’s youngest winners are making their debuts today, with Spain – 2010 world champions – following Germany, the 2014 champions.
Luis Enrique has brought a striking youthful side to Qatar 2022 and all eyes will be on how the young talents fare on the biggest stage – here’s how to follow their opening game against Costa Rica.
When is Spain playing Costa Rica today?
Spain vs Costa Rica kicks off at 4pm (UK time – Qatar is three hours ahead) on Wednesday 23 November at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.
The second game of Group E, which also includes Germany and Japan, will be covered by ITV with set-up starting at 15:10.
Laura Woods presents the coverage with commentary from Clive Tyldesley and Lee Dixon. Studio Analysis is provided by Eni Aluko, Gary Neville and Graeme Souness.
The 2022 World Cup will be broadcast entirely on free-to-air television in the UK BBC and itv share rights.
All games are therefore also available free of charge in the live stream BBC iPlayer or, in the case of the Spain game, the new ITVX streaming platform.
What can you expect from Spain vs Costa Rica?
Spain, winners of the 2010 tournament, brought a young side to Qatar with an average age of just 25 years.
Head coach Luis Enrique has opted to leave the likes of Thiago Alcantara, David De Gea and 36-year-old Sergio Ramos out of the line-up but can boast exciting youngsters like Pedri, Ansu Fati and Gavi.
At the pre-match press conference, Enrique said: “It’s positive because young players bring energy to the team. We try to manage this with the experience we have as employees and try to bring out the best for each player.
“The players know that in the training sessions you can win your position for the game and the intensity was really high.”
Wednesday’s game is the first competitive match between Spain and Costa Rica, who secured their place in this year’s global tournament with a play-off win over New Zealand.
Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez said he believed they had “reached the pinnacle” now, stating, “This is the pinnacle of the sport. We have come through very challenging and cruel times.
“No one thought we had the slightest chance of qualifying. Everyone was so pessimistic and we got together and we were so successful. The most important thing is that we never lost sight of our ambition.”
His side face a difficult task to progress in a group with Spain and Germany but have upset chances before, including qualifying as group winners in 2014 ahead of Uruguay, Italy and England.
What other World Cup games are there today?
The World Cup action began on Wednesday Morocco vs Croatia in Group F, which kicks off at 10am at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
This game was also shown live on ITV with coverage by Seema Jaswal. Commentary is by Jon Champion and John Hartson, with analysis by Joe Cole, Nadia Nadim and Nigel de Jong.
This was followed by the game between Germany and Japan, which started at 1 p.m. at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
Mark Pougatch presented the coverage, with commentary from Sam Matterface and Ally McCoist, while Roy Keane, Ian Wright and Karen Carney provided analysis from the studio.
After the ITV triple bill, World Cup action culminates on Wednesday with Group F’s clash Belgium vs Canadawhich starts at 7pm at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.
For the final match of the day, live coverage will switch to BBC One, with set-up from 6.30pm. Gary Lineker will moderate, with commentary from Steve Wilson and Jermaine Jenas.