Germany lose to Mexico
In a shocking turn of events, 2014 World Champion Germany bowed out to a resilient and energetic Mexico side 0-1. Germany was considered favourites for yet another final berth, but things started to go haywire soon. Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano, a prodigal winger bamboozled the likes of Hummels and Boateng with Vela coming up with the creativity. Hernandez was equally threatening, and it was his measured pass to Lozano that opened the scoring. Kroos came close with his freekick clattered on to the bar by Ochoa. Mexico could have easily scored 2 more if not for their frugal finishing.
Germany committed men forward but could not get the vital goal to salvage a point. Low’s decisions as a coach were already in question following his Sane snub, but he chose a predicted XI with only Plattenhardt starting in place of Hector. Ozil could not assert his dominance leaving Werner a frustrated figure at the top. Reus’ introduction lit up the right-hand side, but Germany could not save their blushes. Much like Spain and France, Germany lose their opening fixture after being crowned World Champions.
Brazil held by Switzerland
In what has been a World Cup of upsets, Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw, which has mounted pressure on the Selecaos after Serbia’s win over Costa Rica. Brazil started out brightly with Neymar, Coutinho, and Marcelo binding an inseparable bond on the left-hand side. They were quickly rewarded with a Coutinho wonder strike from 20 yards out. However, Brazil then resorted to a more pragmatic approach allowing the Swiss to play their possessional football. The half ended with Brazil in lead.
The next half followed the same suit as Switzerland dominated over the ball. Then came the Shaqiri corner where Zuber powered an unstoppable header albeit there was question regarding a push on Miranda. Brazil then got back to their senses but could not beat Ochoa who produced a sensational save to deny Firmino. Neymar was felled 10 times in the match and did not look 100% fit as he lost the ball more often. Brazil needs to up the ante as they face Costa Rica next as no team can be taken lightly in this tournament.
England save blushes against Tunisia, Lukaku stars against Panama
England looked set for a rout over Tunisia following their thunderous start, but after Kane’s first goal in the World Cup, England made the same mistake of allowing Tunisia to have the ball. Following an innocuous cross, Walker had his hand all over the Tunisian forward and the referee marked to the spot at once. Sassi converted from the spot. England piled on pressure and introduced Loftus Cheek and Rashford, but it was the skipper at hand to score from a Maguire assist from the corner.
Belgium secure an easy 3-0 win over Panama and made sure there were no further upsets. Mertens opened the scoring with a wonder goal from the outside of his boot. Lukaku then got into the party after De Bruyne played a delicious ball with the outside of his boot. Hazard then assisted the United striker for a brace.