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Monday 4th December 2017

Following the FIFA World Cup 2018 draw on Friday, BBC and ITV can now confirm which broadcaster will show which matches of next summer’s much anticipated event in Russia.

The BBC will show England’s opening two games, which will see them face Tunisia (Monday 18 June, 1900) and Panama (Sunday 24 June, 1300). The BBC will also have the first two choices of quarter final games, including England’s match if they progress. Both the BBC and ITV will show the final.

ITV will show the last England group game against Belgium and will have first pick in the round of 16. In the Group games, the BBC will also show the hotly anticipated clash between Spain and Ronaldo’s Portugal – the European Champions, two peak time matches with Lionel Messi’s Argentina and two of the games with World Champions Germany.

Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport said: “We’re delighted with our selection of matches, which sees the BBC bring England’s first two games of the competition live to our audiences- as well as their potential quarter final. We are also very pleased to be showcasing the skills of the world’s best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, in five of their Group matches. The BBC is proud to be offering such an enticing array of games on football’s biggest stage, as we look to deliver to audiences unprecedented, extensive access to World Cup content across TV, radio, online and social media.”

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “The build up to the World Cup has now begun and we’re looking forward to bringing viewers entertaining and comprehensive coverage on ITV, ITV4 and the ITV Hub, as well as on social media.  Once again, the World Cup starts on ITV with the host country’s opening game on 14 June and we have live coverage of some of most outstanding matches drawn from the group stages with England v Belgium as well as all three of tournament joint favourites Brazil’s games. ITV will have the first two picks of the first knock-out phase and the first pick of the semi-finals. ITV’s on and off screen team will be busy during the next six months preparing to bring our viewers all the best action and insight and all the stories that will shape the World Cup in Russia.”

World Cup 2018 – Group stage game split

Date Match Kick Off (BST) Location Broadcaster
14th June Russia v Saudi Arabia 16:00 Moscow – Luzniki Stadium ITV
15th June Egypt v Uruguay 13:00 Ekaterinbrug Arena BBC
15th June Morocco v Iran 16:00 St Petersburg – SP Stadium ITV
15th June Portugal v Spain 19:00 Sochi – Fisht Stadium BBC
16th June France v Australia 11:00 Kazan – Kazan Arena BBC
16th June Argentina v Iceland 14:00 Moscow – Spartak Stadium ITV
16th June Peru v Denmark 17:00 Saransk – Mordovia Stadium BBC
16th June Croatia v Nigeria 20:00 Kalingrad – Kalingrad Stadium ITV
17th June Costa Rica v Serbia 13:00 Samara – Samara Arena ITV
17th June Germany v Mexico 16:00 Moscow – Luzniki Stadium BBC
17th June Brazil v Switzerland 19:00 Rostov – Rosov Arena ITV
18th June Sweden v South Korea 13:00 Nizhny Novgorod – NN Stadium ITV
18th June Belgium v Panama 16:00 Sochi – Fisht Stadium BBC
18th June Tunisia v England 19:00 Volgograd – Volgograd Arena BBC
19th June Colombia v Japan 13:00 Saransk – Mordovia Stadium BBC
19th June Poland v Senegal 16:00 Moscow – Spartak Stadium ITV
19th June Russia v Egypt 19:00 Saint Petersburg – SP Stadium BBC
20th June Portugal v Morocco 13:00 Moscow – Luzniki Stadium BBC
20th June Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 16:00 Rostov – Rosov Arena BBC
20th June Iran v Spain 19:00 Kazan – Kazan Arena ITV
21st June Denmark v Australia 13:00 Samara – Samara Arena ITV
21st June France v Peru 16:00 Ekaterinbrug Arena ITV
21st June Argentina v Croatia 19:00 Nizhny Novgorod – NN Stadium BBC
22nd June Brazil v Costa Rica 13:00 Saint Petersburg – SP Stadium ITV
22nd June Nigeria v Iceland 16:00 Volgograd – Volgograd Arena BBC
22nd June Serbia v Switzerland 19:00 Kalingrad – Kalingrad Stadium BBC
23rd June Belgium v Tunisia 13:00 Moscow – Spartak Stadium BBC
23rd June South Korea v Mexico 16:00 Rostov – Rosov Arena ITV
23rd June Germany v Sweden 19:00 Sochi – Fisht Stadium ITV
24th June England v Panama 13:00 Nizhny Novgorod – NN Stadium BBC
24th June Japan v Senegal 16:00 Ekaterinbrug Arena BBC
24th June Poland v Colombia 19:00 Kazan – Kazan Arena ITV
25th June Uruguay v Russia 15:00 Samara – Samara Arena ITV
25th June Saudi Arabia v Egypt 15:00 Volgograd – Volgograd Arena ITV
25th June Spain v Morocco 19:00 Kalingrad – Kalingrad Stadium BBC
25th June Iran v Portugal 19:00 Saransk – Mordovia Stadium BBC
26th June Denmark v France 15:00 Moscow – Luzniki Stadium ITV
26th June Australia v Peru 15:00 Sochi – Fisht Stadium ITV
26th June Iceland v Croatia 19:00 Rostov – Rosov Arena BBC
26th June Argentina v Nigeria 19:00 Saint Petersburg – SP Stadium BBC
27th June South Korea v Germany 15:00 Kazan – Kazan Arena BBC
27th June Mexico v Sweden 15:00 Ekaterinbrug Arena BBC
27th June Serbia v Brazil 19:00 Moscow – Spartak Stadium ITV
27th June Switzerland v Costa Rica 19:00 Nizhny Novgorod – NN Stadium ITV
28th June Senegal v Colombia 15:00 Samara – Samara Arena BBC
28th June Japan v Poland 15:00 Volgograd – Volgograd Arena BBC
28th June England v Belgium 19:00 Kalingrad – Kalingrad Stadium ITV