Day four of the Fifa World Cup saw some exciting action – but only four goals were scored in the three games that were played. Among the three, it was Germany’s fall against a determined Mexico that stood out.
The Mannschaft found it hard to penetrate the Mexican defense from the get-go despite numerous attempts to get a shot through. It also must be said that a total of 26 shots were fired by the Germans – nine of which were on target. However, the Mexicans had the last laugh at full-time, and it was Lozano’s 35th minute goal that gave them the edge.
This is only the second time that Germany has lost in an opening match of the World Cup, the first being in 1982 against Algeria. But, it must be noted that they went on to reach the finals that year.
Costa Rica vs Serbia (0-1)
Serbia drew first blood at the World Cup this year after captain Aleksandar Kolarov scored a spectacular free-kick to give the team a well-deserved victory in their opening World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica.
Kolarov scored from 25 yards when he curled the ball over the Costa Rican wall.
Brazil vs Switzerland (1-1)
Tournament favourites, Brazil, failed to make a mark on their first outing in the World Cup, ending in a one-all draw against a tight-knit Swiss team.
The five-times world champions were certainly in control of the game from the get-go but faltered in the face of crucial goal scoring opportunities. Still, Philippe Coutinho’s 20th minute goal set the momentum going early on.
Albeit, it was a lapse in defense that led to Steven Zuber finding the back of the Brazilian net to equalise the game. Following that, the scoreboard failed to tick over.