The 2014 FIFA World Cup Final take place tonight with Argentina battling it out against Germany on RTÉ Two for the ultimate prize. The Munster Senior Hurling Final and the Connacht Senior Football Final are also take place today.
2014 FIFA World Cup Final, 7.00pm RTÉ Two
Bill O’Herlihy is joined by Eamon Dunphy, John Giles and Liam Brady for live coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final from the Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro (pictured just before the tournament commenced). Commentary from George Hamilton and Ray Houghton, kick-off 9.00pm. In the Interesting Statistics department, the last six World Cup finals - from Italia ’90 to South Africa 2010 - have produced only nine goals between them. The previous six, dating from Wembley 1966 to the Azteca in 1986, saw 27 goals. Argentina and (West) Germany last played each other in World Cup finals in 1986 and 1990, Argentina winning on the first occasion, West Germany on the second.
The battleground tonight
The Sunday Game Live, 1.15pm RTÉ Two
Michael Lyster and Joanne Cantwell are joined by Colm O’Rourke, Cyril Farrell, Eamon O’Hara, Ger Loughnane and Liam Sheedy for a live double-header of provincial final action. First up, Galway travel to Castlebar to take on champions Mayo in the Connacht Senior Football Final (throw-in, 2.00pm, commentary: Darragh Maloney and Martin Carney. Followed by the Munster Senior Hurling Final from Páirc Uí Chaoimh as Cork face reigning champions Limerick (throw-in, 4.00pm, commentary Ger Canning and Michael Duignan. Later, on The Sunday Game (10.30pm, RTÉ Two), Des Cahill is joined by Ciaran Whelan, Donal Óg Cusack, Eddie Brennan, Ollie Moran and Pat Spillane for a highlights and analysis of this afternoon’s provincial finals. Plus, Des takes a look back at the weekend’s football and hurling qualifiers.
Ireland’s Ocean: Ocean Habitats, 6.30pm RTÉ One
Sand is our most common sea floor habitat and creatures have adapted wonderfully to use it for both camouflage and shelter. We see flatfish and crabs, whose skin colour exactly matches the sand, and their predators such as stingrays hunting over the sands. The thousands of species of seaweeds in Ireland provide a fertile habitat for smaller creatures, some of which actually grow seaweeds on their shells for camouflage. Most animals sleep during the night, but in the sea creatures come to life. Little Cuttles are capable of changing their body colour several times a second, they hunt, dance and mate at night time on the sea floor. Picture shows the Little Cuttle filmed at night off Kerry.