In pictures, World Cup highlights (Day 4): Champions stunned, sublime goals, Swedes apologize over spying

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 Jun 2018,
Marquez, Kolarov, and Germany Players
Marquez, Kolarov, and Germany Players

Champions down

Defending champions Germany were stunned by Mexico 1-0 in their World Cup opener courtesy to a goal from Hirving Lozano. It’s their first win over the European giants in 33 years. (Check a few facts and figure from Germany's defeat)

Germany's players look dejected after the match (Photo: REUTERS)


Swedes apologizes for Spying on Koreans

Sweden coach Janne Andersson apologized to World Cup opponent South Korea after his staff have been accused on spying on their rivals.
''He heard about a practice session.'He didn't understand it was a closed session. He was asked to leave and he watched from more of a distance as a result. If it has been perceived in another way, we apologize. 'As we often say, you're turning something small into something much bigger. You're making a mountain out of a molehill,'' he said.

Janne Andersson
Sweden coach Janne Andersson during the press conference (Photo: REUTERS)


Kolarov’s stunner

The Serbia captain stepped up to curl a superb 25-metre free kick to claim a 1-0 narrow win for his team against Costa Rica in a much contested game. Costa Rica and Real Madrid keeper was forced to make some impressive saves to keep his clean sheet until surrendering to Kolarov.

Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov scores their first goal from a free kick (Photo: REUTERS)


Marquez makes it five

Rafa Marquez has gone on as a second-half substitute for Mexico to become just the third man to play in five World Cups. The 39-year-old Marquez entered the game in the 72nd minute with Mexico leading defending champion Germany 1-0. He joins fellow Mexican Antonio Carbajal and Germany's Lothar Matthaus in the elite group.

Rafael Marquez
Mexico's Rafael Marquez and Hugo Ayala celebrate after the match (Photo: REUTERS)

Neymar draws a blank 

Brazil superstar Neymar was a big disappointment as his side were held to a surprise 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E. He produced a subdued performance and was well contained by a disciplined defence, which repeatedly stopped him in his tracks. 

Brazil's Neymar (Photo: REUTERS)

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