It was a day of shocks on Sunday as Mexico beat world champions Germany 1-0 and Brazil toiled to a 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Elsewhere, Serbia’s new star lived up to his billing in a 1-0 win over Costa Rica…
The big story: Mexico stun Germany
The last time Germany lost their opening match at a World Cup was all the way back in 1982, but Mexico made the reigning champions pay for some sloppy defending in Moscow to earn their first — and the first for any CONCACAF team for that matter — win against Germany on the world’s biggest stage.
As Joachim Low pushed his full-backs high and wide, Jerome Boateng and a frustrated Mats Hummels were left isolated against the Mexican wave of counter-attacks. It was from one such break that Hirving “Chucky” Lozano scored the winning goal, superbly cutting inside before firing low past a helpless Manuel Neuer.
With three of the last four World Cup winners eliminated in the group stage at the next tournament, the omens aren’t good for Die Mannschaft .
Mexico, on the other hand, are riding high, after coach Juan Carlos Osorio told his players to “play for the love of winning and not the fear of losing.” What an El Tri-umph
Brazil couldn’t beat Switzerland
Having seen Argentina stumble against Iceland and Germany fall at the feet of Mexico in the previous 24 hours, Brazil may reflect on their draw with Switzerland as a decent point.
Philippe Coutinho smashed them into the lead with that goal you’ve seen him score a hundred times, before Steven Zuber headed home the equaliser, possibly via a push on the sprawling Miranda.
With Brazil conceding on 10 goals from the last 12 shots on target they’ve faced at the World Cup, you wonder if goalkeeper Alisson regrets choosing to represent the Selecao over Iceland.
Still, they have the chance to put things right against Costa Rica on Friday.