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World Cup live blog: June 16

Games kick off at noon with Germany vs. Portugal, followed by Iran-Nigeria at 3 and United States-Ghana at 6.

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Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 10:10 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 16, 10:10 am

Alexi Lalas will ask your boss to let you leave early to watch the World Cup

Afraid to ask your boss whether you can leave work early to watch the World Cup? Alexi Lalas has you covered, for both males and females.

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Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 10:15 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 16, 10:15 am

Monday's World Cup schedule

All times EDT.

Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 10:19 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 16, 10:19 am

Ghana making sure electricity stays on during World Cup matches

(Reuters)

(Reuters)

Ghana has been rationing electricity of late because of natural-gas shortages and below-average levels of water at hydroelectric plants. But the country will make sure the power stays on for Monday night’s World Cup opener against the United States, and for the team’s other games.

Here’s Bloomberg:

Ghana will boost power production during its World Cup matches and asked the nation’s largest aluminum smelter to reduce consumption to make sure that scheduled blackouts don’t interfere with the Black Stars’ games.

Neighbor Ivory Coast has agreed to supply 50 megawatts to Ghana during its games, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission said in an e-mailed statement. The Volta Aluminum Co. has been asked to reduce power use during Black Stars matches, the agency said. Ghana plays its first game on June 16 in Natal, Brazil, against the U.S. The tournament starts tomorrow, with the host nation’s team facing Croatia.

“These plans are put in place for consumers to watch uninterruptible football matches during the World Cup,” the agency said in the statement. “Within these arrangements the load-shedding schedule, though varied, still exists.”

Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 10:32 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 16, 10:32 am

Fans in Germany bring sofas to stadium to watch World Cup

(Inga Kjer/EPA)

(Inga Kjer/EPA)

Now this is the way to watch a World Cup match. Take it away, Business Insider:

Union Berlin, a second-division German club, has turned their stadium into one gigantic living room with more than 12,000 fans expected to watch Germany’s opening match against Portugal on up to 850 sofas.

The club invited the fans to bring their own sofas to the stadium for the World Cup.

(Reuters)

(Reuters)

Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 10:40 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 16, 10:40 am

Where to watch the Germany-Portugal match in D.C.

Intrepid Going Out Gurus bar scribe Fritz Hahn has scouted out the best spots to watch the big Germany-Portugal match at noon Monday. Check out his suggestions here.

Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 10:44 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 16, 10:44 am

Germany's starting lineup vs. Portugal

Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 10:52 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 16, 10:52 am

Portugal's starting lineup vs. Germany

Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 10:53 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 16, 10:53 am

Latest update on Natal weather forecast ahead of USA-Ghana

Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang looks at the weather forecast for tonight’s United States-Ghana match in Natal. It’ll be muggy, to say the least.

Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 11:06 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 16, 11:06 am

Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o to miss next match with knee injury

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Samuel Eto’o, Cameroon’s captain and all-time leading scorer, will miss the team’s crucial next match against Croatia on Wednesday because of a knee injury. He had missed two straight days of practice because of the injury, which had hindered him even before Cameroon’s 1-0 loss to Mexico on Friday.

Matt Bonesteel
June 16, 11:20 am
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