FIFA World Cup: finals guide

France v Croatia kicks off at 1am Monday AEST on SBS.

Your FIFA World Cup Finals weekend looks like this:

There are only two matches remaining in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the most important one, broadcast in Australia from 11pm Sunday night, will see first-time Finalists Croatia play 1998 champions France in the tournament decider.

Les Bleus qualified in match time against Belgium (1-0) early on Wednesday morning thanks to a tidy Samuel Umtiti header in the 51st minute, while Croatia needed 30 minutes of extra time in their match against England (2-1) for Mario Mandžukić to strike the match-winning goal.

Before the final, England and Belgium will play the 63rd match of the month-long tournament in St Petersburg on Saturday evening to decide who takes 3rd place. Then, in the early hours of Monday morning France and Croatia will battle it out in Moscow with the hope of taking home the world’s most coveted sporting trophy, the FIFA World Cup.

SBS will broadcast an extended two hour pre-match show from 11pm Sunday before the final kicks off at 1am* Monday with world exclusive match commentary from Martin Tyler. In addition SBS will continue to air highlights in FIFA World Cup Today live from Red Square each match day hosted by Lucy Zelić and with expert analysis from Craig Foster and special guests, reporting from David Zdrilic, David Basheer and Sebastian Hassett on-ground in Russia and replays at 7am Sunday and Monday.

Saturday July 14
FIFA World Cup Play-off for Third Place
11.00pm* Belgium v England
Live (kick-off 12am*Sunday) SBS and SBS On Demand

Sunday July 15
7.00am* Belgium v England
Replay (kick-off 8.00am*) SBS and The World Game online
5.30pm* FIFA World Cup Today
Live from Red Square SBS and SBS On Demand

FIFA World Cup Final
11.00pm* France v Croatia
Live (kick-off 1am* Monday) SBS and SBS On Demand

Monday 16 July
7.00am* France v Croatia
Replay (kick-off 9.00am*) SBS and The World Game online
5.30pm* FIFA World Cup Today
Live from Red Square SBS and SBS On Demand

*Times are AEST, all matches subject to Extra Time and Penalties

One Response

  1. This afternoon I saw an advert for the World Cup Grand Final on an SBS channel, where they stated they where the only place for the World Cup, nothing about FTA. Adding; the Home of the World Cup for 32 years.

    I think it’s a bit rich to make a statement about being the current home of the World Cup, without the added mention of being a FTA broadcast when, for the most part, most of those who have been watching the games on Optus Sport over recent days have not had any streaming problems. Otherwise, I’m sure they’d still be complaining. Something I’ve not seen for a many days.

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