FIFA World Cup: Mexico shock defending champions Germany, Switzerland hold Brazil to 1-1 draw


Mexico produced the biggest upset of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, stunning defending champions Germany 1-0 in their opening Group F tie at the Luzniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday. Hirving Lozano was the hero for Mexico as he scored the winner in the 35th minute of the match. Germany had most of the possession but failed to find an equaliser that resulted in the shock defeat. France, the 1998 winners, had also lost their first match in the 2002 edition, going down to Senegal.

On the other hand, Switzerland held another pre-tournament favourites Brazil to a 1-1 draw at Rostov-on-Don that added to another massive performance by underdog teams. Iceland had held Argentina to a 1-1 draw on Saturday after Lionel Messi failed to convert a penalty and put the South American giants ahead and a potential three points.

Former Liverpool and current Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho scored in the 20th minute to give Brazil the lead but Switzerland bounced back with Steven Zuber scoring in the 50th minute to make it one all.

In the first game on Sunday, Serbia defeated Costa Rica by a solitary goal, a stunner spot-kick scored by their captain Aleksandar Kolarov.