WATCH LIVE: Men’s soccer opens its Olympics with Iraq, Denmark

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A day after some fireworks on the women’s side of things, men’s soccer takes center stage for six games in Rio.

In Group A with Brazil and South Africa, second place may be anyone’s to claim, but a win in the first game of the tournament is almost necessary for Iraq and Denmark.

WATCH: Iraq vs. Denmark at NBCOlympics.com

Denmark will be led by 29-year-old Brentford star Lasse Vibe, but keep an eye out for their version of the USMNT’s Christian Pulisic. Jacob Bruun Larsen is more a Pulisic-light, but the promising Borussia Dortmund youngster could get a chance to thrive in Rio. Ex-Columbus Crew man Emil Larsen may also make waves as an overage player at 25.

As for Iraq, 20-year-old forward Sherko Karim has made the move from home to abroad with Swiss club Grasshopper, while Udinese defender Ali Adnan, 22, was the first Iraqi player to perform in Serie A.

In addition to streaming onNBCOlympics.com, the match will also be available on the NBC Sports app.