What The Hell Is Happening To The Best Teams In The 2018 World Cup?

Bryan Brandom
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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.

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.

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.

But the lead didn’t last long.

While NeymarFirmino, and Fernandinho all blew gorgeous opportunities in the second half, Switzerland didn’t blow theirs on a corner kick in the 50th minute.

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.