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Peak Moments of the Weekend: Argentina stunned, German hearts break and Brazil draw

11:00 EAT 18/06/2018
Hirving Lozano Mexico Germany
It has been an exciting weekend of football. Here are the three standout moments from the grandest football stage.

  • Neymar Granit Xhaka Stephan Lichtsteiner Brazil Switzerland World Cup

    #1 The Swiss earn credible draw with the Brazilians

    Brazil are favourites to win the competition due to their impressive form during the qualifiers and warm-up friendlies, plus their pedigree. The game against Switzerland was, thus, one that wasn’t supposed to give them any problems and it almost lived up to that billing.

    Philippe Countinho’s lovely curled effort from distance was too much for Yann Sommer to handle after 20 minutes but the Selecao, although dominant, were forced to share the spoils as Die Natil found the equaliser via Stephen Zuber’s powerful header five minutes after the restart.

    Tite’s men tried all they could to restore their lead but Vladimir Petkovic’s side held firm and would be more than pleased with their performance.
  • Hannes Halldorsson

    #2 Iceland withstand Argentina pressure

    As the smallest nation to ever participate at the global showpiece, Iceland had a lot to prove and they showed that emergence as a reckoning force was no fluke by holding two-time champions Argentina to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.

    Sergio Aguero gave La Albiceleste the lead after 19 minutes but Alfred Finnbogason restored parity four minutes later. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi had the chance to give the South Americans giants the lead from the penalty spot which Iceland goalie Hannes Thor Halldorsson saved.

    Miserable day for Jorge Sampaoli’s men but joy for Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side.
  • Mexico celebrate v Germany

    #3 El Tri break German hearts

    As reigning champions, Die Mannschaft were expected to come into their game against Mexico on Sunday without any problems. However, it was the opposite that happened as Javier Hernandez’s incisive pass found Hirving Lozano who got past the German defence and slotted the ball past Manuel Neuer before the break.

    El Tri were able to hold their nerves for a historic 1-0 victory which condemned the Germans to their first opening defeat at the tournament since 1982.

    #4 Moments of the weekend

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