Belgium v Algeria (Kick-off 5.00pm) RTE2, UTV

Group H gets under way at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as the Belgians look to live up to their billing as one of the dark horses of the tournament. This year marks their first appearance in the competition after twelve years (there's hope for us yet) while Algeria may have qualified four years ago but it seems a lot of their glory days were left behind in the eighties.

 

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Brazil v Mexico (Kick-off 8.00pm) RTE 2, BBC1

The host nation take to the pitch once more tonight after their 3.1 defeat to Croatia in the opening match of the tournament, while the Mexicans are also making their second outing of the tournament. It's thought Brazil will come out top of Group A but Mexico have certainly given them a run for their money in the past so the Samba Boys will be taking nothing for granted.

 


Russia v South Korea (Kick-off 11.00pm) RTE 2, BBC1

Both these countries came through the qualifying stages with ease and while this is Russia's first appearance in the tournament since 2002, this will mark the eighth consecutive World Cup for the Koreans and ninth overall. Interestingly, Russia's head coach Fabio Capello was in charge of England for the previous World Cup in South Africa, but will be no doubt hoping his current charges will go further in the competition.
 

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