World Cup 2014: Times, TV for Spain-Chile and Wednesday’s other matches

The World Cup continues Wednesday with three group-stage games (all times EDT).

Group B: Australia vs. Netherlands in Porto Alegre, noon (ESPN)

Group B: Spain vs. Chile in Rio de Janeiro, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia in Manaus, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

MATCH OF THE DAY

Spain vs. Chile

After its embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Netherlands on Friday, Spain looks to avoid becoming the third straight European World Cup winner to be knocked out in the group stage as defending champion. A loss to Chile — coming off a 3-1 win over Australia — would almost certainly spell doom for La Roja. The two teams also met in the group stage four years ago in South Africa, with Spain taking a 2-1 win on its way to the title. Of note: U.S. referee Mark Geiger will handle the match after doing well in Saturday’s Colombia-Greece tilt.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Mario Mandzukic, Croatia

The 28-year-old striker, who scored 26 goals for Bayern Munich last season, missed Croatia’s opener against Brazil while serving a one-game FIFA suspension after he was sent off for stomping on an Iceland player during Croatia’s final qualifier in November. At 6 feet 2, Mandzukic is one of the world’s best players in the air, and should give Croatia’s attack an immediate boost.

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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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