World Cup 2018 LIVE: Germany, Brazil quest for survival LIVE on SonyLIV, Sony

FIFA World Cup 2018 - InsideSport

Brazil takes on Serbia in their last FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E game at the Spartak Moscow stadium today (Wednesday) in their quest for a berth in the knockout stage round-of-16.

The Group table toppers need just a draw to confirm their ticket for the next round. However, in the wide-open group a defeat against Serbia can cost coach Tite’s team dear. The team had struggled to beat Costa Rica on Friday when Philippe Coutinho and Neymar had rescued Brazil to put them atop the Group E table.

Serbia too will be pressing for the win, knowing well that with three points from two games this will be their only option to advance.

This intense struggle for survival will be live on the SonyLIV app and the SonyLIV website SONYLIV.COM from 11:30 pm India time.

The action today (Wednesday) starts with the Group F games between Mexico and Sweden and South Korea and Germany from 7:3o PM. The last round Group stage matches in each group are scheduled concurrently.

The two Group E games later in the day will feature Switzerland and Costa Rica and Serbia and Brazil from 11:30 pm India time. Click on the links below for all the live action.

Group F: Mexico vs Sweden @ Ekaterinburg from 7:30 pm India time

Group F: South Korea vs Germany @ Kazan from 7:30 pm India time

Group E: Switzerland vs Costa Rica @ Nizhny Novgorod from 11:30 pm India time

Group E: Serbia vs Brazil @ Rostov-on-Don Arena from 11:30 pm India time

Germany are faced with the threat of the first-round elimination as they take on South Korea at the Kazan Stadium in the first match of the day. Anything lesser will leave the defending champions at the mercy of various combinations and permutations and the outcome of the other group match between Mexico and Sweden.

Group leaders Mexico following their wins over Germany and South Korea, enjoy a three point lead over Germany and Sweden (both on three points from a win and a loss). However, they too are not absolutely safe in an open group. German and Korean wins today (Wednesday) with better goal difference hold the threat to send Mexico packing.

Germany in this crucial battle will be without first-choice centre-back Jerome Boateng, serving a suspension following a red card during the team’s win over Sweden.

A draw may also serve Germany’s purpose, but in that scenario, it will be important from the Germans perspective that Mexico maintain their winning run as they take on Sweden in the game to be played concurrently at the Ekaterinburg Arena.