A second-half header from Steven Zuber cancelled out a sensational early goal from Philippe Coutinho as Switzerland and Brazil drew 1-1 in a tight Group E World Cup opener on Sunday. Both literally and figuratively.
World Cup holders Germany crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their opening match on Sunday, seriously complicating the rest of their tournament. "We have a flawless defense, which makes our team balanced".
During their winning campaign in Brazil in 2014, Germany had trailed all of their opponents for a combined total of just eight minutes, all of which came against Ghana in the group stages. Two of them lost their opening matches while the Italians had to settle for a draw.
Check out our brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod with Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna with added Mad Vlad Putin, Spanish managerial weeping and probably some football as well. "I'm excellent. At first, I was afraid of even kicking the ball, but that is in the past", said the world's most expensive player.
And Carlos, who won the World Cup with Brazil back in 2002, believes Willian is one of the best players in this year's competition.
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Osorio also made a quick reference to an incident before the World Cup when a magazine published photos of a number of players enjoying a late night party.
With talk back home of a "historic victory" and sombrero-wearing supporters brightening and deafening the summer streets of Moscow, Mexico can dream of going better than a consistent record of reaching the last 16 of the last six World Cups and a couple of quarter-finals. Dunga's thinking behind the decision was that the defender was too emotionally led during the penalty shoot-out against Chile and he wanted a captain who was more level headed.
In a World Cup where sides have shown promise without being scintillating, Tite and the passionate Brazilian public are unlikely to be too anxious at this stage, and Switzerland are after all the world's sixth-best side on ranking.
"Teams develop and change, players finish their careers and you must bring in new players which makes it the most hard achievement".