For many English fans of the game, working the classic 9-5 will have left some frustrated at at least half of three out of four of the 2018 World Cup games so far (depending on your lunch break and commute timings).
Alas, it’s finally Friday, and on the back of the competition beginning to take off with Portugal and Spain providing some sensational entertainment for the evening, be sure to set your alarms for before 11am and get the telly on. Here’s the football you’ve got to look forward to:
11am – France v Australia
One of the tournament favourites face one of the real outsiders in the early kick-offs in Kazan. You can catch this one on the BBC as Griezmann looks to drop another L on the opposition.
2pm – Argentina v Iceland
Another edition of David v Goliath in the afternoon as Lionel Messi hopes to get the ball rolling on a successful tournament and claim one of very few trophies that has evaded him over the years. Turn to ITV to watch Leo’s men take on Gylfi Sigurdsson and co.
5pm – Peru v Denmark
You’ve got about an hour for lunch before this one, but it’s back to BBC for the first Group D encounter. All eyes will be on Paolo Guerrero, who was initially suspended after testing positive for cocaine (it was supposedly in a cup of tea he drank… we’re not here to judge) but will make an appearance after a co-signed letter by fellow Group D players from other countries to FIFA.
8pm – Croatia v Nigeria
Final match of a busy day in front of the telly, we’d suggest a beer to accompany this one before hitting the town. Luka Modric’s men will face Alex Iwobi and co on ITV in Kaliningrad.