Mexico World Cup goal celebrations showed up on seismograph

Irene MckinneyJun 18, 2018

Brazil's previous two World Cup matches saw them humiliated on home soil by a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany in 2014, followed by a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place play-off.

Switzerland were well-organised throughout and Brazil created chances but failed to convert them as Neymar and his teammates lacked the guile to secure the win, becoming the latest of the tournament favourites to stumble.

Sunday's Group E game was his first competitive start since February when he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle in Paris St Germain's league match with Olympique de Marseille.

Willian is going to be the best player at the tournament, alongside Neymar. "We had a World Cup to forget".

Germany forward Thomas Muller says there is a special motivation to defend the World Cup title.

Asked how he was sleeping ahead of their games, Tite said: "I manage my ghosts and angst".

It wasn't particularly surprising that Tite admitted on Saturday that Neymar wasn't 100 percent fit for the opening game of this World Cup.

Costa Rica and Serbia are Brazil's other opponents in Group E.

Seeking defensive reinforcement, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio brought on 39-year-old veteran Rafael Marquez to play in his fifth World Cup. "But we know that we play against one the best teams in the world, but in football anything is possible".

Switzerland have lost only one out of 12 competitive matches since Euro 2016 - a World Cup qualifier away to Portugal.

It was very non-German like game for them, as they were slightly predictable in attack and naive in defense, as Mexico was constantly threatening the Germans with their counterattacks. Shortly after Hirving Lozano scored the winning goal for his side in the 35th minute, the Mexican Government reported that small artificial quake was reported "possibly due to massive jumping".

"I don't keep things in my head - not even the good things".

Sunday's first game sees 2014 World Cup surprise package Costa Rica take on Serbia in Samara.

"Against a hard and strong opponent you need to be realistic and sometimes you play passes without thinking too much but I think the team has shown great determination and true spirit".

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