The best sides at the 2018 World Cup have experienced more disappointment in the tournament’s early going than a Brazilian touching down in Russia.
On Saturday, powerhouse Argentina drew with the tiny nation of Iceland to begin group play, thanks in part to Lionel Messi‘s getting stuffed on a penalty kick in the 64th minute.
Messi’s PK is DENIED pic.twitter.com/AX85LBgViH
— kgholler (@kgholler_) June 16, 2018
Then star-studded Germany fell 1-0 to Mexico, a talented bunch but underdogs in the Sunday matchup. This despite the Germans’ outshooting Mexico 25-12 and holding possession for 61 percent of the tilt.
Hirving Lozano delivered the game-winner.
What a year for Lozano:
Top scorer for Mexico 🇲🇽 in qualifiers
Top scorer for PSV in 2017-18 League
Today he gave his nation a moment they will never forget scoring the winner vs Germany 🇩🇪
He’s also only 22 years old. pic.twitter.com/0KsbcodVrw
— World Cup 18 (@Footy_Football_) June 18, 2018
Spain drew in their first game as well, although there’s no shame in tying Cristiano Ronaldo’s squad from Portugal.
Surely Brazil wouldn’t supply similar disappointment against the perfectly fine chaps from Switzerland, right?
For a half, it looked like they’d avoid an upsetting result. Philippe Coutinho made a hole in the Swiss with a howitzer in the 20th minute.
OH MY 😱😱
Philippe Coutinho scores a BEAUTIFUL curler to put Brazil up 1-0 on Switzerland! pic.twitter.com/iOpkvNJmsr
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 17, 2018
But the lead didn’t last long.
— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) June 17, 2018
That’s Steven Zuber’s header equalizing things at 1-1, where the score would stand.
With the world’s best teams dropping (and drawing) like flies in the group stage, perhaps it’s anyone’s World Cup.
Well, not anyone’s.