Saturday , January 28 2023

World Cup 2018: Mexico shock Germany, Swiss deny 5-time champions Brazil

Brazil failed to win their opening match in FIFA World Cup for the first time in 40 as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a determined Switzerland on Sunday.

Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in the 20th minute with a volley that bounced in off the right post. Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Meanwhile the biggest upset of the ongoing World Cup so far took place on Sunday as defending champions Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico in their campaign opener.

Germany had won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Low took over as coach in 2006.

But the Juan Carlos Osorio-led Mexican team had other ideas, however, holding their own against the favourites’ fearsome but slowing midfield and finding space at the back and seeking to end 33 years without a win against Germany.

After wasting a handful of first-half chances while living dangerously in their own half, Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute strike on the break proved just reward.

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