What is it?
Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B.
When is it?
The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15.
The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm.
What TV channel is it on?
BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm.
Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC’s coverage throughout the tournament.
Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard.
Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County’s new manager earlier this month.
Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country’s Group B clash with Portugal.
«We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia,» said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport.
«He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage.»
How can I live stream the match?
If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet.
All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device.
People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom.
Will there be a highlights show?
Don’t worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening.
Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day’s other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran.
How have both teams been preparing?
Spain’s World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament.
Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal.
Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui’s new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in ‘a very difficult situation’ when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old.
«I know there’s going to be criticism whatever I do,» he said.
«I’m sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.
«You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.»
Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui’s successor on Wednesday afternoon.