Charles escalante

Devan Messer

Jesus Ramirez

Frank Maldonado

Josh Basurto

“Inside The Area” Podcast

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Sunday’s Recap

Costa Rica and Serbia opened up Group E play. The two teams had never played each other before their Sunday encounter. It was a pretty even affair, which saw both teams enjoy possession and same amount of shots. Keylor Navas in goal, for Costa Rica, proved to be a spectacle once again. It took something amazing by Kolarov to beat Navas. Kolarov bent a free kick into the near side, that seemed unsaveable. Serbia were rewarded and top Group E with 3 points. 

I throughly enjoyed watching Serbia play. They weren’t afraid to send players on the counter. Center Midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had some foretelling moments, of just how bright his future is. A very complete player who was winning duels, completing key passes, and who isn’t afraid to take players on the dribble. Look for him to help Serbia compete for top in the group. 

Costa Rica will need a victory against Brazil to keep their hopes, of advancing alive. A tall task that could prove to be tougher than Serbia. Costa Rica will need a better performance from Marco Urena up top, in order for them to have a chance. Never doubt The TICOS. 

Brazil will look to improve on team play going into next match, after taking a Draw with Switzerland. The Switzerland game plan for Neymar, was to make sure he knew they were their. Neymar was fouled 10 times throughout the match, and those were just the ones called. Coutinho had a solid game, but his goal was incredible. It was a true Coutinho style curler from outside the box. Canceled out by a smashing header by Steven Zuber of Switzerland. Switzerland snatched a draw from World Cup favorites Brazil. Switzerland play Serbia next, and that looks to be an enticing European match up. 

Match of the Day, came sandwiched between both matches, as Mexico picked up the huge upset against Germany. Juan Carlos Osorio put together the perfect game plan for his men, who went to war for him. Mexico pressed, chased, countered, and defended, their way to a 1-0 win. After seeing Chicharito crying after the match, you could see what it meant for Mexico, who dedicated their win to Osorio. The last ten minutes felt like an eternity, as Mexico sat very deep and let Germany try to unlock the safe. Germany had more possession, twice the shots, twice the passes, but nothing to show for it. 

Germany play Sweden Saturday, and could be another thriller. Germany will need to find a way to get it done, if they want to advance on. Sweden play tomorrow against South Korea, to close out Group F. If a draw occurs, Germany could find themselves at the bottom of the group. 

Group G also starts tomorrow, with Belgium and Panama. Followed by Tunisia and England. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds in store. 

Upcoming match, #BEL #PAN