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World Cup 2014: Time, TV and preview for Nigeria-Argentina and Wednesday’s other matches

The World Cup continues Wednesday with group-stage finales for Group E and Group F (all times EDT).

Group F: Nigeria vs. ArgentinaAustralia in Porto Alegre, noon (ESPN).

Group F: Bosnia vs. Iran in Salvador, noon (ESPN2).

Group E: Honduras vs. Switzerland in Manaus, 4 p.m. (ESPN2).

Group E: Ecuador vs. France in Rio de Janeiro, 4 p.m. (ESPN).


Nigeria vs. Argentina

The Super Eagles will face a hostile crowd in Porto Alegre, which is a doable drive from the Argentine border. The Associated Press is reporting that 50,000 will make the trip. Argentina has already qualified for the round of 16 and will win the group with a win or a draw, a result that also would send Nigeria to the knockout round for the first time since 1998. But we could also see a team advance based on the drawing of lots by FIFA. Per AP: “If Nigeria loses 1-0 and Iran wins 1-0, both teams would have the same goal difference and number of goals scored, and could not be separated by their head-to-head result.”


Enner Valencia, Ecuador

The 24-year-old forward has scored all three of Ecuador’s goals in Brazil and has five in Ecuador’s past four games after netting in pre-tournament friendlies against Mexico and England. According to reports, Valencia has attracted the attention of Premier League teams Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle with his performance (he currently plays for Mexican club Pachuca).

More from the World Cup:

Revisit all of Tuesday’s action in the World Cup live blog

Is FIFA doing enough to treat concussions in soccer?

Jermaine Jones’s present and past will collide vs. Germany

Klinsmann says World Cup scheduling has U.S .at disadvantage

Video: How the U.S. can advance to the knockout round

CONCACAF teams are serving notice

Thousands of American soccer fans make Brazil feel like home

Scores and schedule | Group standings | Stats leaders

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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