World Cup 2014

World Cup: FIFA changes start times of seven games, including USA-Portugal in Manaus

Arena Amazonia, Manaus

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FIFA has announced changes to the start times of seven 2014 World Cup matches, including the United States' Group B clash with Portugal in the Amazonian capital of Manaus.

The move will see group matches being played in the hottest venues – Manaus and the northeastern city of Recife – start later than originally planned in order to alleviate concerns over heat and humidity.

The US-Portugal match on June 22 will now start at 6 pm local time instead of 3 pm. All other US group stage matches will be played at their scheduled times. Here is the full list of revised start times, per FIFA :

Saturday 14 June
Côte d'Ivoire-Japan, 10 pm (from 7 pm) in Recife
England-Italy, 6 pm (from 9 pm) in Manaus (similar conditions as at 9 pm)

Wednesday 18 June
Cameroon-Croatia, 6 pm (from 3 pm) in Manaus
Spain-Chile, 4 pm (from 7 pm) in Rio de Janeiro

Sunday 22 June
USA-Portugal, 6 pm (from 3 pm) in Manaus
Belgium-Russia, 1 pm (from 7 pm) in Rio de Janeiro
Korea Republic-Algeria, 4 pm (from 1 pm) in Porto Alegre