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Summary

  1. GET INVOLVED: Your World Cup highlights so far #bbcworldcup
  2. Kane wants to challenge Ronaldo & Messi and be 'best in the world'
  3. Wednesday's first game: Portugal v Morocco (13:00 BST)
  4. Others: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (16:00); Iran v Spain (19:00)

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Time for Portugal v Morocco

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    It's nearly time for Cristiano Ronaldo to step back out on the World Cup stage.

    Will he add to his three goals in the first group game?

    Build-up to Portugal v Morocco is just starting over here.

    Many thanks for your company. I'm back Thursday morning bright and early at 07:00 BST.

    Until then...

  2. 'Epic World Cup'

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    Jack Coleman: Mexico have impressed me the most, Belgium, Croatia and England too - Kane’s winner the bias golden moment. Ronaldo’s free- kick has to up there, part of surely the best group game ever?! An epic of a World Cup so far...

    And the good news, Jack, is there's much, much, more to come...

  3. Lawro's prediction

    Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (16:00 BST)

    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC Sport football expert

    Uruguay stuttered against Egypt, especially Luis Suarez, but they still got the win.

    Suarez would normally have put the chances he had away, but they still got the three points and, if you don't play well but still win your first game at a World Cup, then it is a massive lift.

    Saudi Arabia were poor against Russia and they will need a huge improvement to get anything out of this game. I don't see it happening.

    Prediction: 2-0

    Luis Suarez was left frustrated by Egypt
  4. 'Captain Kane leads from the front'

    Alan Shearer

    Former England captain

    As I said straight after the Tunisia game, Harry Kane's performance showed exactly why Gareth Southgate made him England captain.

    Harry is not a fist-pumper, and he does not shout or scream, but another part of that role is to be the man you can rely on to produce something special when the team needs it, and Harry did that brilliantly.

    It will mean even more to him to make an impact like that because he is captain. It did to me, because I loved the pressure and added responsibility of leading my country.

    Some people did not agree with him being made skipper, because he is a striker. It was the same when I got the job.

    But that did not affect me, and it is the same with Harry. He has justified Gareth's decision already, not that he had to as far as I am concerned.

    Read more from Alan in his BBC Sport column.

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  5. What's cooking in Kazan?

    Iran v Spain (19:00 BST)

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live in Kazan

    Kazan - literal translation “cooking pot”. Chucking Iran and Spain into the mix tonight, if Iran win they’re through to last 16 for first time in their history.

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  6. Getting carried away - at last

    Russia 3-1 Egypt

    Patrick Jennings

    BBC Sport in Nizhny Novgorod

    I was in Saransk last night watching the Russia game and I have to say, the mood wasn't all that optimistic - not at first.

    The vast majority of the locals watching didn't expect anything like the 3-1 runaway victory we saw.

    But by the final whistle the feeling was very different indeed, and since arriving here in Nizhny Novgorod this morning several people have said to me: "Portugal or Spain, it doesn't matter."

    Yesterday some of the Russian fans I spoke to were explaining away their opening 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Today is now all about eyeing up the knockout opponents.

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  7. 'Own goal' is leading scorer after 17 games

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    Will we see an own goal in any of today's games? If the first few days of the tournament are anything to go by, the chances are there will be one.

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Harry Kane are among the players hoping to be top scorer at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    But for now their main rival is... own goal.

    Otherwise known as "og" - own goal has so far scored for Iran, France, Croatia and Senegal. They've also popped up with one for the hosts, Russia.

    Ronaldo's three goals at the World Cup are closest to catching the five own goals scored after 17 games.

    The only tournament to have more own goals was France 1998, when there were six in the entire tournament - that's 64 games.

    Read more here.

  8. Your favourite World Cup moments

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    Sam Turner: Personal favourite moment, as an England fan, has to be Harry Kane's 90th minute goal. I have not cheered like that for a long time! Favourite fans have to be the Mexicans, they were very loud! Most entertaining game is definitely Portugal v Spain...what a brilliant game!

    Oh, go on Sam...let's see Kane's winner again.

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    Video caption: Kane heads home winner for England
  9. 'People went overboard with Ronaldo'

    Portugal v Morocco (13:00 BST)

    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC Sport football expert

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    Morocco were beaten by a late Iran goal in their opener but, even before that, they had looked unconvincing.

    Meanwhile, Portugal's game against Spain was a cracker, with Cristiano Ronaldo obviously doing his bit.

    It was a sensational game but I think people went a bit overboard with their reaction to Ronaldo's performance, though. His last-gasp free-kick to make it 3-3 was magnificent, but his first goal was a penalty and his second was down to a howler by David de Gea.

    What I would say about Ronaldo is that he is a big-game player, and he never seems to disappoint in a big game. You always get a big end product from him.

    Although it was a great result for Portugal they still have work to do to make the last 16. They really need to win this game, and I think they will edge it.

    Prediction: 1-0

    Read the rest of Lawro's predictions here.

  10. Lozano the standout player - so far

    Top rated players

    Forget Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. And as for Luis Suarez!

    You've been busy using the BBC Sport player rater during and after each game of the 2018 World Cup.

    With the first round of games now over, we can see who has impressed you the most in Russia so far.

    Mexico's Hirving Lozano has been rated as the standout performer following his display against world champions Germany, closely followed by Isco of Spain.

    There's a lot of love for Iceland following their 1-1 draw with Argentina - Hannes Halldorsson, Alfred Finnbogason, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ragnar Sigurdsson all make the highest rated 11.

    At the other end of the scale, only two players score lower than Suarez.

    You can see the full team here.

  11. Your favourite World Cup moments

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    David: Wojciech Szczesny's 'oh no' moment against Senegal.

  12. 'Kane is right to target Golden Boot'

    Alan Shearer

    Former England striker

    Some people might think it is a bit premature for me to start talking about Harry Kane winning the Golden Boot at this World Cup after he has only played once.

    But Harry will have been thinking about being the top scorer at Russia 2018 since before he got on the plane to fly out here, and he is absolutely right to.

    I was the same before Euro '96, even though I had not scored an international goal in 12 matches over 21 months before it started.

    I was coming off the back of a season during which I had scored 31 Premier League goals, so I was 100% targeting the Golden Boot, and Harry will be too. That is the way a confident striker has to think, especially someone as good as him.

    Before Monday, he had not scored a goal at a major international finals, but he has put that right now, and in some style.

    Read more of Alan's BBC Sport column here

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  13. T-shirt weather in Moscow

    Portugal v Morocco (13:00 BST)

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    It's another lovely day in Moscow, blues skies and sunshine.

    This is the scene outside the Luzhniki Stadium, where Portugal take on Morocco at 13:00 BST.

    Anyone think Cristiano Ronaldo might get another hat-trick?

  14. Your favourite World Cup moments

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    The Red Devil: I'm from Denmark so our win over Peru obviously ranks high, however I really want England to well at this tournament so Kane's well-deserved last-minute winner is also a highlight for me!

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    Video caption: World Cup 2018: Peru 0-1 Denmark highlights
  15. Thirsty work

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    A tiny brewery has produced special beers for each of the four World Cup matches taking place in Yekaterinburg.

    Each tournament beer produced by Melody Brew is made with two types of hops with flavours inspired by the teams - for example 'El Dorado' for Peru, who play France on Thursday, and 'African Queen' for Senegal, who face Japan three days later.

    The labels feature the flags of both sides, with spaces for fans to write in the score as a souvenir.

    Chief brewer Alexei Saburov, keen to dispel the notion that Russians are only interested in vodka, tells Reuters: "It's one of a heap of cliches, like we have bears roaming the streets, it's always cold and we go about in fur hats with ear flaps."

  16. Russia celebrates

    Russia

    World Cup hosts

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    Video caption: Highlights: Russia 3-1 Egypt

    Russian newspapers and sports websites have been singing the praises of the national team after the 3-1 victory over Egypt in St Petersburg.

    Coming after the earlier 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia, it means that the host country is virtually guaranteed a place in the World Cup's knock-out stages.

    BBC Monitoring reports tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda saying: "The whole country fell in love with its team. If this is a dream, do not wake us up - we want to watch the final."

    Another daily, Izvestia, says in an article headlined "Best in history" that the Russian team "demonstrated high-quality football and made the capacity crowd happy".

    Sports.ru, in an article headlined "Russia in World Cup knock-out stage! Almost!" says that the country's team "crushed Egypt and for the first time in the history of the tournament secured a place in the knock-out stage".

  17. Your favourite World Cup moments

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    Sarah Keeping: Favourite moment so far is the usually reserved Gareth Southgate jumping with joy when Harry Kane scored the goal to give England the win.

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  18. 'Bad news for Morocco'

    Portugal v Morocco (13:00 BST)

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport in Moscow

    Trying to stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal from scoring will be a Morocco side who are fighting to keep their last-16 hopes alive after their last-gasp defeat by Iran.

    The bad news for Morocco coach Herve Renard when it comes to keeping Ronaldo quiet and securing at least a point is that he has something of a crisis at right-back.

    First-choice Nabil Dirar is out with a knee injury and stand-in Nordin Amrabat, usually a winger, will miss this game because of concussion.

    Good luck to whoever gets that job at the Luzhniki Stadium later.

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  19. Your favourite World Cup moments

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    Michael Andrews: The first penalty awarded to France against Australia. The first example that VAR doesn't work every time.

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