FIFA World Cup 2018, Day 9: Today’s match schedule, teams and timings (in IST)

FIFA World Cup 2018 full schedule for Day 9: Match time table in IST, Venues with complete fixtures for the showpiece tournament in Russia.

Representative Image: Iceland will look to continue its fairytale run on Friday.   -  AFP

Brazil v Costa Rica

Philippe Coutinho has urged patience from Brazil following the favourite's uneven start to the World Cup and the latest hysteria surrounding Neymar's fitness ahead of Friday's match against Costa Rica in St Petersburg.

Barcelona playmaker Coutinho gave Tite's in-form side a first-half lead in spectacular fashion in its Group E opener against Switzerland but the European side was able to baton down the hatches and escape with a draw after Steven Zuber's 50th-minute equaliser.

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Costa Rica could prove a similarly tough nut to crack, with group pacesetter Serbia needing a stunning Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick to see off Oscar Ramirez's side 1-0.

Nigeria v Iceland

Iceland head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson expects Nigeria to come out firing against his side in Friday's Group D clash in Volgograd.

Hallgrimsson's men continued their remarkable fairytale exploits among international football's elite in their opening match at the 2018 World Cup, holding Lionel Messi and Argentina to a 1-1 draw. Nigeria failed to produce anything quite so stirring as they subsided to a forgettable 2-0 loss against Croatia.

Serbia v Switzerland

Aleksandar Kolarov insists Serbia has no plans to take its foot off the pedal as it looks to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup with victory over Switzerland. A 1-0 win over Costa Rica and Brazil's surprise 1-1 draw with Switzerland has left Serbia on the cusp of advancing from Group E in Russia.

Serbia has not progressed to the knockout rounds of the World Cup since its independence, failing to get beyond the group stage in both 2006 and 2010.

Kolarov, whose stunning free-kick saw off Costa Rica, stressed Serbia will maintain its intensity when the Balkan nation faces Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday.

Today’s matches
  • Group E: Brazil vs Costa Rica, 1730 IST, Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg.
  • Group D: Nigeria vs Iceland, 2030 IST, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd.
  • Group E: Serbia vs Switzerland, 2330 IST, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad.

All matches will be telecast live on SONY Ten 2, SONY Ten 3 and SONY ESPN.

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