World Cup TV Schedule 2018: Network and Live-Stream Coverage for Monday's Games

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2018

Brazil's forward Neymar takes part to a training session at the Samara Arena stadium on the eve of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico on July 1, 2018 in Samara. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil take on Mexico on Monday in the round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Selecao play El Tri at the Samara Arena for a quarter-final place before Belgium do the same against Japan at the Rostov Arena.

Here's how to watch each game:

  • 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET Brazil vs. Mexico: ITV, FS1
  • 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET Belgium vs. Japan: BBC, Fox

In the United Kingdom, the action will be streamed via the BBC website or the ITV HubIn the United States, the action will be streamed via Fox Soccer 2GO.


After witnessing Argentina, Portugal and Spain crash out over the weekend, Brazil and Belgium will be wary of complacency heading into Monday's fixtures as favourites.

Former Liverpool star John Arne Riise doesn't expect there to be any upsets, but he offered a reminder that this World Cup has already been full of surprises:

John Arne Riise @JARiiseOfficial

Mexico to upset Brazil and Japan give Belgium a hard time? Can’t see it but trying to predict games at this World Cup hasn’t been easy!

Brazil should have the tougher time given they play Mexico, who beat Germany in their opening group game as well as South Korea.

El Tri only finished second in Group F on goal difference, having lost 3-0 to group winners Sweden in their third match.

They showed in the first two matches what a threat they can be, though, with the likes of Hirving Lozano and Javier Hernandez offering pace and guile up front.

The pair combined for Lozano's goal against Germany in the opener, and the PSV Eindhoven man returned the favour for Hernandez to score against South Korea, per ITV Football (UK only):

ITV Football @itvfootball

GOAALLL! Mexico double their lead. Hirving Lozano slips in Javier Hernandez for a cool finish #KOR #MEX #WorldCup #KORMEX https://t.co/j2NgyxoJ87

Meanwhile, Brazil have a tendency to leave space in behind, per football writer Rupert Fryer:

Rupert Fryer @Rupert_Fryer

The irony is, ahead of the tournament many were concerned by the space left behind Alves and Marcelo. Two infinitely more defensive full-backs in the team right now, but there is still joy to be found in behind them.

The Selecao have the talent in their ranks to win this match; if the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino put in strong performances, there's a good chance they will come out on top.

This World Cup has shown that teams will be punished if they are not at their best, though, and El Tri have the tools to capitalise if that's the case.

Japan were among the less convincing of the sides to advance to the knockout phase of the competition, but doing so in a group that contained Colombia, Poland and Senegal is no mean feat.

The biggest concern is their defending—their last clean sheet came against North Korea in December, and they've played 10 matches since—and that should play into Belgium's hands.

The Red Devils have a sparkling array of attacking talent at the tournament with Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard comprising their front line. Unsurprisingly, the Chelsea man is a key performer for his country:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

22 - Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 22 goals in his last 21 appearances for Belgium, scoring 10 and assisting a further 12. Leader. #BELTUN #BEL #WorldCup https://t.co/YqYOW42rxQ

He's also eager to lay down a marker on the world's biggest stage, per Goal's Nizaar Kinsella:

Nizaar Kinsella @NizaarKinsella

Eden Hazard on being the star in absence of Messi-Ronaldo at the #WorldCup: "I hope so, they're not in the World Cup, so now it's time to shine. Yeah, I just want to go through the quarter-final, semi-final and maybe the final." #BEL #JPN

If his performance lives up to his words, it's hard to see Japan getting through here, but given what we've seen so far at the World Cup, the Samurai Blue should not be written off.