With Germany and Japan kicking off Group E earlier on Spain vs Japan Live Free Stream Reddit Wednesday, the stage is set for Spain to face off against Costa Rica in both sides’ opening game of the 2022 World Cup.
Spain have disappointed on the international stage since their heyday in the early 2010s, but will be hoping that manager Luis Enrique can guide the country to some better results this time around.
Costa Rica, meanwhile, will be keen to move on from their disastrous 2018 campaign which ended at the group stage. Los Ticos famously reached the quarter-finals in 2014 and are still capable of pulling off an upset on their day.
Read on for advice on where to watch this Group E encounter on TV and live streaming channels.
The World Cup ‘group of death’ gets underway on Wednesday, with Spain, Germany, Japan and Costa Rica all in action.
Spain have endured a torrid time since winning the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa, failing to make it out of the groups in 2014 and losing out to Russia in the round of 16 in 2018.
They come Qatar 2022 with renewed optimisim, however, looking to go further after agonisingly missing out on a spot in the Euro 2020 final after losing to Italy on penalties in the semi-final.
It was another penalty shootout that cost Spain four years ago in Russia, losing out to the hosts in the last-16.
Costa Rica will know they have a supremely tough challenge ahead as they look to make it out of a horror group E. However, they’ve upset the odds before, topping a group including England, Italy and Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Spain vs Japan Live
So, with the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know below.
When is Spain vs Costa Rica?
Spain will get their World Cup campaign underway on Wednesday, November 23 against Costa Rica. The game will start at 4pm GMT, 11am EST and 3am on Thursday for Australian Eastern Time.
Date: Wednesday November 23
Time: 4pm (UK), 11am (US) and 3am on Thursday (Australian Eastern Time)
How to watch the match
The game between Spain vs Costa will be aired live on ITV for UK viewers. If you are looking to stream the game, you need to head to the ITV Hub.
The game will be free to watch for all UK viewers with a TV License. Meanwhile, the following stations will be airing the game for American viewers: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Peacock Premium, and Vidgo.
Australian viewers can tune into the game via SBS, who will be televising every match during the 2022 World Cup. SBS On Demand will also stream the Qatar vs Ecuador fixture for those on the move. Spain vs Japan Live
If you’re unable to watch the game live, you can relive the action via the FIFA YouTube Channel (Worldwide). The official YouTube channel will be posting highlight reels after each game.
UK: ITV and ITV Hub
US: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Peacock Premium, Vidgo, Sling Blue
Australia: SBS and SBS On Demand
Where is Spain vs Costa Rica being played?
Spain’s fixture against Costa Rica will take place at the Al Thumama Stadium – which is located eight miles outside of the Doha city centre.
The Al Bayt Stadium has a capacity of around 40,000, and is inspired by the ‘gahfiya’, a traditional woven cap worn by men across the Middle East, and it’s easy to see in pictures of the stadium.
Spain vs Costa Rica: Team news
The big news for Spain upon their official squad announcement was that both Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga and Manchester United’s David de Gea were left out by Luis Enrique.
Spain legend Sergio Ramos also failed to the make the cut, with central defender Pau Torres expected to star. Another Torres, in former Manchester City star Ferran, is also expected to shine.
Costa Rica, meanwhile, have a number of notable names in their squad, with Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell both included.
The Super Bowl might be the dominant sporting event of the year for many Americans, but when you take a global poll, it’s the World Cup that rules supreme.
The colossal tournament, which starts Nov. 20 and runs through Dec. 18, is a true worldwide event. And the last time it was held, COVID-19 was a concept no one would have been able to grasp. (It would be another year before the first outbreaks of the pandemic would occur.)
Even for an event this grand, this year’s World Cup has a near-ludicrous number dramatic stories that could unfold. This is, for example, likely the last year Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are likely to be on the pitch. The U.S. is looking to regain some lost pride after failing to make the World Cup at all in 2018. And Italy, normally one of the most dominant teams on the field, won’t be playing at all after failing to qualify.
It’s a lot to keep up with, even for the most rabid of football/soccer fans. But even if you’re just a casual fan of the sport, it’s a fascinating spectacle to watch. (And, if that weren’t enough, select games, including the semi-finals, take place in the middle of the day in the middle of the workweek, giving you a wonderful excuse to ruin your productivity.)
Overwhelmed? Here’s all you’ll need to know.
When is the opening match in the 2022 World Cup?
The first kick-off will take place at 11:00 a.m. ET on Nov. 20 in Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar. The home team will face Ecuador in the only match of that day. (The rest of the week will be a lot busier, with 15 additional Group Stage matches.)