Curse of champions? Germany have familiar World Cup issues to solve

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by Skysports.com

Thomas Muller and his team-mates were made to look slow by Mexico Germany are facing similar problems to those that have afflicted previous World Cup holders, writes Adam Bate. Germany's status among the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup should come as no surprise given their pedigree. Not only are they the holders but they have reached the equivalent of the quarter-final stage in each of t...Full Story »

Brazil's Neymar, Gabriel Jesus kept down by Switzerland in opening draw

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by ESPN

Neymar tried a lot but not much came off for the Brazilian star against Switzerland. Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images Brazil disappointed the torcedores (fans) who filled the Rostov Arena with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opening World Cup match Sunday. Tite's team had a great first half but were not able to keep up their tempo, suffered from an early second-half equalizer...Full Story »

Tite frustrated by Switzerland goal as Brazil draw World Cup opener

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

Brazil coach Tite was convinced Switzerland’s equaliser should have been ruled out for a foul as the five-time World Cup winners were held to a 1-1 draw in their Group E opener.Swiss midfielder Steven Zuber headed his side level five minutes into the second half, leaving the Brazilians protesting in vain amid claims he had pushed defender Miranda as he climbed to meet Xherdan Shaqiri&rsquo...Full Story »

Brazil 1 Switzerland 1: Zuber pegs back below-par Selecao

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by Goal.com

Philippe Coutinho's curling strike was cancelled out by Steven Zuber's second-half header as Brazil were held to a draw by Switzerland. Brazil continued the trend of tournament favourites underperforming as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup Group E opener in Rostov. Having bowed out of their home tournament four years ago with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, ...Full Story »

Steven Zuber denies Brazil as Switzerland snatch famous draw

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

Steven Zuber denied Brazil victory in their opening game of the World Cup as battling Switzerland fought back to snatch a famous 1-1 Group E draw in Rostov.The Hoffenheim defender cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s stunning first-half opener with a bullet header five minutes after the restart with the South Americans appealing in vain for a push on defender Miranda.In their first game at th...Full Story »

Mexico’s Juan Carlos Osorio claims pace, passion and positivity shook Germany

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said his side’s 1-0 victory over defending champions Germany in Moscow was six months in the planning but delivered by a team who played with glory in mind, not worry. Ranked number one by FIFA, Germany had not lost an opening game at the World Cup since 1982 and thrashed Mexico 4-1 at last summer’s Confederations Cup.But Osorio, who spent four years a...Full Story »

Germany 0 Mexico 1: Lozano stuns woeful reigning champions

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by Goal.com

Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game as Mexico secured a thoroughly deserved win over a desperately poor Germany. Germany’s defence of their World Cup title started with a whimper as they suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Mexico in Moscow on Sunday. Joachim Low's side came into the tournament on a run of poor form, winning just one of their six friendlies since qualifying fo...Full Story »

Mexico mine the spirit of Algeria to down Germany in a World Cup opener

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

An inspired Mexico held on to beat defending champions Germany 1-0 in a stunning performance at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Man of the match Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game when he finished a Mexican break by drilling a low shot past Manuel Neuer but, in truth, this was a breathtaking team performance.Germany, on the other hand, took too long to get going and lacked the poise...Full Story »

Serbia match-winner Kolarov says self-belief inspired dazzling World Cup goal

Posted Monday, June 18, 2018 by PA

Aleksandar Kolarov was confident he could make the difference as he lined up what proved to be Serbia’s winning strike in their World Cup opener.Former Manchester City defender Kolarov scored a stunning free-kick as Serbia saw off Costa Rica 1-0 in Samara.Kolarov’s 56th-minute effort rewarded Serbia for their overall quality, although Costa Rica were to rue a number of missed opportu...Full Story »

'Mohamed is fit' - Salah's agent issues positive update on Egypt star's fitness

Posted Sunday, June 17, 2018 by Goal.com

The Liverpool star missed his country's loss to Uruguay but is set to return against Russia in a must-win encounterMohamed Salah's agent has confirmed that the Liverpool forward is fit to return to action for Egypt at the World Cup for Tuesday's clash with Russia. The 26-year-old missed his country's loss to Uruguay on Friday because of the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League...Full Story »

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