The Newest: Top teams have trouble winning at World Cup
June 17, 2018
Up to date: June 17, 2018 Three:49pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Newest on Sunday at the World Cup (all instances native):
Parity has come to the World Cup.
5 of the highest six nations within the FIFA rankings have performed, and none has received. Solely two of the highest dozen teams have victories.
Top-ranked Germany misplaced to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil tied No. 6 Switzerland, No. four Portugal drew 10th-ranked Spain, and No. 5 Argentina tied 22nd-ranked Iceland.
Amongst different teams within the high 12, solely No. 7 France (over No. 36 Australia) and co-No. 12 Denmark (in opposition to No. 11 Peru) have victories.
No. Three Belgium, No. 7 France, No. eight Poland and co-No. 12 England have not performed, and No. 9 Chile didn’t qualify.
Switzerland’s well-organized defending held Brazil to a 1-1 draw of their World Cup opener, preserving Neymar and different attackers at bay for probably the most half.
Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring within the 20th minute, with a trendy volley that beat goalkeeper Yann Sommer, bouncing in off the suitable put up. However coach Vladimir Petkovic’s Swiss gamers stored their composure and dominated in midfield for lengthy spells within the Group E match.
Switzerland midfielder Steven Zuber headed within the equalizer within the 50th. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda out of the best way earlier than assembly a nook from Xherdan Shaqiri.
Ramos additionally ignored a penalty declare late within the second half when Brazil ahead Gabriel Jesus was wrestled to the bottom by Manuel Akanji.
Petkovic stored his promise to frustrate Brazil, which was in search of redemption from its disastrous 2014 World Cup exit with a 7-1 semifinal defeat on dwelling soil by Germany.
Steven Zuber equalized for Switzerland after heading a nook from Xherdan Shaqiri within the 50th minute.
Brazilians gamers complained that Zuber pushed defender Miranda earlier than the purpose however Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed the grievance and the rating stands at 1-1.
FIFA says it’s investigating experiences of Mexico followers chanting a homophobic slur in the course of the crew’s win over Germany at the World Cup.
Some Mexican supporters chanted the slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer ready to take a purpose kick within the 24th minute.
FIFA says “it’s accumulating the totally different match experiences and potential proof regarding the matter, together with the one from the anti-discrimination match observer who was current at the sport as a part of FIFA’s anti-discrimination monitoring system.”
Mexico’s soccer federation has been repeatedly fined by FIFA over followers chanting the slur.
The Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport canceled two fines in opposition to Mexico in November, ruling the mantra was “insulting” however not meant to offend, although it left different fines in drive.
Brazil leads 1-Zero at halftime within the World Cup recreation in opposition to Switzerland after a purpose within the 20th minute from Philippe Coutinho.
The Barcelona participant beat goalkeeper Yann Sommer with a well-placed shot that curled over the ‘keeper and bounced in of the suitable put up because the well-organized Swiss struggled to include the Brazilian assault led by Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.
Thiago Silva headed simply over the Swiss bar in harm time.
Coach Vladimir Petkovic’s skilled Swiss facet remained composed after conceding the purpose, dominating in midfield for lengthy spells and with Ricardo Rodriguez and Xheridan Shaqiri testing the Brazilian protection on the 2 wings
Germany did not play the best way it normally performs. Coach Joachim Loew is not positive why.
Stymied by Mexico’s skillful forwards and speedy counterattacks, the defending World Cup champion performed a sloppy first half, didn’t take its possibilities and finally conceded a purpose that held up in Mexico’s 1-Zero victory.
Loew says “We regarded nervous and we weren’t capable of play the best way we wished to play. We are going to have to research why that was the case.”
Germany is now in an unfamiliar place. No German crew had misplaced a World Cup opener since 1982. Within the 4 earlier World Cups, Germany received its opening matches by a mixed rating of 20-2.
For a defending World Cup champion, nonetheless, the place is extra acquainted. Three of the previous 4 have didn’t make it out of the group stage.
Reminded of that statistic, Loew provided a assure.
“We is not going to endure that destiny,” he stated. “We are going to make it to the subsequent spherical.”
Philippe Coutinho has scored for Brazil within the 20th minute, firing the ball previous Yann Sommer after the Swiss goalkeeper didn’t cease a push ahead from Neymar and captain Marcelo. The Barcelona midfielder despatched his highly effective strike curling into the highest proper nook of the Swiss purpose. ___
It is daunting sufficient for a smaller nation with much less of a monitor document to tackle a crew like England. However Tunisia’s taking stress to a different stage.
Coach Nabil Maaloul has stated forward of Monday’s opening match in opposition to England that his crew is carrying not solely the hopes of 12 million Tunisians but additionally these of Africa as a complete and of the Arab world.
African teams have made a disappointing begin to the World Cup. Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria have misplaced their first matches. Senegal performs Poland on Tuesday.
Then again, Maaloul stated England gamers are having to deal with increased expectations. That is why he expects the match in Volgograd to be tight.
— Related Press author Pan Pylas reported from Volgograd.
Cheers erupted throughout Mexico because the nationwide crew bested Germany in its first match of the 2018 World Cup soccer event.
Police have encircled the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico Metropolis in anticipation of throngs of followers who historically flock there to have fun large soccer wins. Instantly after the sport, some danced in entrance of the monument. Drivers honked horns and exuberant households ran by the streets waving the Mexican flag and twirling inexperienced jerseys within the air.
Mexico beat Germany 1-Zero, with Hirving Lozano scoring the winning purpose. It was the 22-year-old winger’s first World Cup purpose.
Brazil coach Tite has caught to Neymar and core gamers who have carried out properly in current matches. Neymar and Willian can be flanking Gabriel Jesus in assault to kick off the five-time champions’ marketing campaign in Russia.
As anticipated, Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic fielded a defensive facet with Haris Seferovic because the lone striker, and formation that may present a two-line protection in entrance of goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
Brazil: Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Casemiro, Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.
Switzerland: Yann Sommer, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schaer, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami, Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber, Haris Seferovic.
Mexico has upset Germany 1-Zero of their opening World Cup recreation, leaving the defending champions with a more durable process to qualify for the knockout levels.
In his World Cup debut, Hirving Lozano scored Mexico’s winning purpose within the 35th minute, selecting up Javier Hernandez’s move contained in the penalty space and dodging Mesut Ozil earlier than firing previous Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.
After Lozano’s purpose, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a spectacular save to maintain the rating stage, palming Toni Kroos’ shot onto the crossbar.
Mexico pulled again right into a extra defensive formation halfway by the second half as key gamers drained and needed to stand up to heavy stress from Germany.
Germany is bidding to grow to be the primary crew to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962. It hadn’t misplaced a gap recreation since 1982.
Rafa Marquez has gone on as a second-half substitute for Mexico to grow to be simply the third man to play in 5 World Cups.
The 39-year-old Marquez entered the sport within the 72nd minute with Mexico main defending champion Germany 1-Zero. He joins fellow Mexican Antonio Carbajal and Germany’s Lothar Matthaus within the elite group.
He performed 4 matches in every World Cup as Mexico was eradicated within the spherical of 16 every time.
A Colombia fan cycled alone for greater than 5,000 kilometers (Three,100 miles) throughout seven European international locations to succeed in Russia to look at his nationwide crew play within the World Cup. The 43-year-old Daniel Quiroga initially was going to make the journey with a brother and a pal, however the different two backed out of the journey.
4 years in the past, Quiroga rode from Colombia to Brazil to the 2014 World Cup with the pair, however was on a motorbike for that journey.
After the event ended, he set a tougher problem for Russia and selected a bicycle.
He began out in Portugal and went by Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia earlier than making it to Russia. He wore a Colombia jersey signed by members of his household and says, with fun, that “these signatures gave me much more vitality.”
Mexican followers have chanted a homophobic slur at Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the course of the World Cup recreation in Moscow.
FIFA has repeatedly fined the Mexican soccer federation over the mantra. It rang out at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium within the 24th minute of Mexico’s recreation in opposition to Germany on Sunday with the rating at Zero-Zero.
Followers in Mexico use the mantra to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a purpose kick. Broadly thought of a slur, some argue there isn’t any discriminatory intent.
The Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport canceled two fines in opposition to Mexico in November, ruling the mantra was “insulting” however not meant to offend, although it left different fines in drive.
Germany is in an unfamiliar place for a World Cup opener — trailing at halftime.
Hirving Lozano scored from 14 yards out within the 35th minute to offer Mexico a 1-Zero lead in Moscow. He took a move from Javier Hernandez and wrong-footed Mesut Ozil to attain his eighth worldwide purpose.
Either side put stress on the goalkeepers in a high-energy first half at Luzhniki Stadium. Germany had 5 photographs on purpose to Mexico’s 4. German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stopped a header simply in need of the purpose line.
Germany has received its final seven World Cup openers, outscoring opponents 20-2 in its final 4.
Hirving Lozano has wrong-footed Germany’s Mesut Ozil and scored from about 14 yards out to offer Mexico a 1-Zero lead over the defending World Cup champions.
Lozano took a move from Javier Hernandez and obtained round Ozil and had a transparent path to the online within the 35th minute. It was his eighth worldwide purpose.
Each teams had a number of possibilities earlier than the opening purpose. German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved a header, and Germany later had two photographs on purpose in a Three-minute span.
Germany trailed solely as soon as within the final World Cup, 2-1 to Ghana, and has outscored opponents 20-2 in its previous 4 World Cup openers.
Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez is just not within the enterprise of sugarcoating the reality forward of his crew’s historic World Cup debut.
He admits Panama has trouble scoring and says it’s going to want day to have any probability in opposition to Belgium on Monday.
The blunt and sincere Gomez does not even disguise his beginning lineup, the traditional process for coaches lately — even these attempting to maintain expectations minimal.
Requested if Panama might match Iceland’s draw with Argentina, he did not hassle selecting the correct phrases. He says this Argentina “is just not at the identical stage as Belgium proper now.”
— AP Sports activities Author Tim Sales space reported from Sochi.
Belgium will maintain defender Vincent Kompany on the 23-man roster for the World Cup despite the fact that it is more likely to be later within the group stage earlier than the veteran sees the sphere.
Coach Roberto Martinez stated Sunday he wouldn’t be making any roster modifications. Kompany suffered a groin harm in a pleasant in opposition to Portugal earlier this month and the Pink Devils added Laurent Ciman to their camp as a precaution. Ciman was despatched again to Brussels on Saturday to await closing phrase on Kompany’s standing.
Martinez says there’s a stronger probability now of Kompany now showing within the group stage and that his expertise is vital to have across the squad.
Aleksandar Kolarov’s curling free kick within the 56th minute has helped Serbia to a 1-Zero win over Costa Rica in its World Cup opener.
Serbia, which missed out on the 2014 World Cup, had the early benefit in a troublesome group in Russia that features five-time champion Brazil and Switzerland, who have been set to play later Sunday in Rostov-on-Don.
After a scoreless first half, Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas withstood a barrage of Serbian challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican followers cheering him on at Samara Area.
However after David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov curled the free kick over the wall and Navas, who performs for Actual Madrid, was not capable of attain it.
South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has warned his gamers concerning the new replay system getting used for the primary time within the World Cup. He is telling them that the video assistant referee cannot be tricked.
Shin says “the gamers are conscious of this. We’re coaching the gamers. There are 32 cameras which are concentrating on the pitch. So that you may be capable of idiot the referee, however you can’t idiot the cameras. The gamers know this, and that’s one thing we have emphasised.”
Shin is legendary for utilizing some trickery in his ways. However he says his gamers have been schooled concerning the new system, which is able to detect a dive or a faked contact with one other participant.
He says “the VAR has actually come to the forefront and it is grow to be an vital a part of the sport.”
Captain Aleksandar Kolarov has given Serbia a 1-Zero lead in opposition to Costa Rica. His free kick curled over the wall and diving Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas wasn’t capable of attain it earlier than it sailed into the higher proper nook within the 56th minute. The free kick got here after a yellow card on Costa Rica’s David Guzman.
The opening half between Costa Rica and Serbia was backwards and forwards, proper from the beginning: Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header was off within the opening minute and moments later Marco Urena’s angled shot for Costa Rica was saved within the left nook by Vladimir Stojkovic.
Following a nook kick, David Guzman popped the ball to Giancarlo Gonzalez however his header sailed over the online within the 12th minute. Branislav Ivanovic’s cross was knocked out of the field by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas three minutes later.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic challenged Navas within the 27th from simply outdoors the field, however Navas fell on the ball.
Urena’s right-foot strike from outdoors the field within the 39th went over the bar. A short while later Calvo’s probability was vast, and Stojkovic gestured for his facet to settle down.
Milinkovic-Savic’s bicycle kick from in entrance of purpose was dominated offside within the 42nd.
Sweden coach Janne Andersson says one among his workers obtained right into a closed South Korea coaching session and was requested to go away, resulting in a squabble between the teams over spying forward of their World Cup recreation on Monday.
Andersson says the staffer, who’s entrusted with scouting the opposition, thought the observe session at South Korea’s pre-World Cup coaching camp in Austria was open. Andersson says the coach left when requested and “watched from extra of a distance.”
The incident has created a frosty environment between the teams forward of their recreation in Nizhny Novgorod.
Andersson says his crew analyzes all opponents and the incident has been overblown, however provides “it is essential that we present respect for opponents … If it has been perceived in one other means, we apologize.”
Veteran defender Branislav Ivanovic is ready to grow to be Serbia’s most capped worldwide participant when he begins in opposition to Costa Rica within the World Cup. Will probably be his 104th worldwide look and Serbia’s first at the World Cup in eight years.
The former Chelsea star surpassed Dejan Stankovic, generally known as “Deki,” who performed 103 video games for the nationwide crew from 1998-2013, by three totally different eras: Yugoslavia, Serbia-Montenegro and eventually Serbia.
Johan Venegas, Francisco Calvo and David Guzman can be making their World Cup debuts for Costa Rica. The remainder of the Costa Rica beginning lineup was concerned in Brazil in 2014, when the crew misplaced a quarterfinal match to Netherlands on penalties.
Midfielder Alan Dzagoev has dominated himself out of Russia’s two remaining World Cup group video games due to harm.
Dzagoev harm his left hamstring throughout Russia’s opening 5-Zero win over Saudi Arabia and tells Russia’s RIA Novosti information company he is in ache when strolling and can solely resume gentle coaching Monday.
Dzagoev says “there’s nothing good concerning the largest event occurring with out you. I hope I can nonetheless play. I hope to God that we make the knockout levels and possibly I am going to be capable of play.”
Dzagoev has performed 58 instances for Russia and was anticipated to be a key participant for the host nation at the World Cup.
Diego Maradona has given his model of an trade with an Asian fan that witnesses perceived as racist.
British tv workers working in Spartak Stadium in Moscow throughout Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland on Saturday reported seeing Maradona reply to South Korea followers calling his title.
On Twitter, BBC presenter Jacqui Oatley posted that Maradona “obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then pulled his eyes to the facet in a clearly racist gesture.”
In a Fb message early Sunday, the Argentina nice says he noticed “an Asian boy carrying an Argentina T-shirt.”
He provides: “I, from afar, tried to inform them how good it appeared to me that even the Asians cheer for us. And that is all, guys, come on.”
FIFA statutes prohibit acts of discrimination by teams, officers and followers at video games it organizes.
In a response to The Related Press, FIFA refers to its anti-discrimination guidelines with out commenting on the incident.
Maradona additionally apologizes for smoking a cigar within the VIP seats, regardless of a FIFA ban on smoking at World Cup stadiums.
Moscow police are investigating a taxi crash that injured eight individuals, together with two Mexican World Cup followers, when the motive force plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk close to Pink Sq..
Video circulating on Russian social media and a few information web sites confirmed the taxi veering onto the sidewalk Saturday and placing pedestrians. The supply of the video was unclear.
Metropolis police launched a video Sunday of an interrogation session with a person recognized because the Kyrgyz taxi driver, during which he says he briefly fell asleep at the wheel within the crash and unintentionally accelerated. It was unclear whether or not the person spoke below duress.
The man says he hadn’t slept in 20 hours, and ran away after the accident as a result of he was afraid that offended bystanders would kill him. He was later detained.
Moscow police wouldn’t remark Sunday on whether or not the crash would have an effect on safety measures for the World Cup, which is being held in 11 Russian cities over the subsequent month. Among the many safety issues has been the potential use of autos as weapons.
The Mexican Embassy informed The Related Press that the 2 injured feminine followers met with embassy representatives and weren’t hospitalized. The Mexican nationwide soccer teams performs in opposition to Germany on Sunday in Moscow.