Russia 2018: Day 4

Shocks and dropped points. The drama of the 2018 World Cup continued into day four of the competition with Brazil and Germany both in action, here’s our roundup of yesterday’s action.

Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1

Despite a valiant first half performance from Costa Rica, it was not to be for the darlings of the 2014 World Cup. They couldn’t overcome the combined quality of the Serbian team. Nemanja Matic had an incredible game in the holding midfield role. He dominated the ball and Costa Rica couldn’t fabricate much at all.

Kolarov’s incredible free-kick took the breath of many away.

To be fair to them, Costa Rica were missing some of their stars of their last campaign. Joel Campbell could only make the bench.

Keylor Navas, the Real Madird goalkeeper, had a good game for the most part and was entirely not to blame for the Serbia goal. The goal came in the form of an absolute peach of a free-kick from Aleksandar Kolarov, with the Roma left-back smashing it in from well over 25 yards.

Mexico 1 Germany 0

The defending champions. Vying to be the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil way back when. Germany started their campaign in the worst way possible, a 1-0 loss to a surprisingly strong Mexico side.

Chucky Lozano has killed it in the Eridivise this year and it’s translating to the NT too.

The goal was scored by Hirving Lozano, a highly rated winger that plays for PSV Eindhoven scored the only goal of the game, with Mexico managing half the amount of shots as their German counterparts.

A German front four that included Timo Werner, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller and Julian Draxler never really got going. With Draxler especially leaving a lot to be desired when considering he was in the side ahead of Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

Sane was left out of the Germany squad, much to the dismay of many.

It’s a bit strange to see Germany bottom of their World Cup group before Sweden and Korea play each-other. Mexico are now unbeaten in six opening games at World Cup’s, they are also the first CONCACAF side to beat the Germans at any World Cup, 6 losses and one draw for the confederation against the reigning champs in the past.

Switzerland 1 Brazil 1

After the 7-1 humiliation against the eventual champions, Germany in 2014. Brazil have the hopes of a nation on their back going into this year’s World Cup. Tite’s side opened their campaign against a Swiss side that refused to roll over to the star-studded samba team.

Well we know all too well how this man can score.

Brazil started the much better of the two sides, holding the majority of the possession early doors. They took advantage of this possession with an incredible finish from Philippe Coutinho, who curled the ball way past the post. It clipped the inside of the post and flew straight past Yann Sommer in the Swiss net. No goalkeeper in world football could have stopped that.

Much like most teams have done so far in this World Cup, Brazil sat back and invited pressure onto themselves. It’s a mistake often made by Liverpool, and it came back to bite Tite’s team. Steven Zuber scored the equaliser for Switzerland off a fantastic ball from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Bullet header.

Brazil had won their previous nine opening matches at World Cup’s and this draw brings that run to an end, with Switzerland now unbeaten in their last five opening matches, since a 5-0 loss to West Germany in 1966.

Brazil’s star power should have been enough for them to see themselves past Switzerland but these star studded teams are having a very tough time against plucky competition wanting to win more than them. In the long run, it probably won’t matter too much but right now, everything seems bleak for Brazil and Germany.

 

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