Sunday, 17th of June is slated for three games in the FIFA World Cup 2018. The matches are from three different groups namely Group D, Group E and Group F. Still coming out of four games that happened yesterday, fans will get to see the top contenders . Brazil and the defending champions Germany are playing their respective games and the other teams too would look to dominate these big guns. Here we present you some crux of the games tonight.
Costa Rica Vs Serbia
This will be the first ever encounter between Costa Rica and Serbia. Costa Rica have qualified for their fifth World Cup – they have reached the knockout stages in two of their four previous appearances (1990 and 2014). Meanwhile, this is Serbia’s 12th World Cup participation, although it will be only their second tournament as an independent nation following 2010. This will be Costa Rica boss Óscar Ramírez’s first World Cup as a manager. He played every single minute of Costa Rica’s 1990 World Cup campaign, in what was their first ever appearance in the competition. Slavoljub Muslin was Serbia’s manager in the entire World Cup 2018 qualifying phase, leading them to top spot in their group, before he left in October 2017 and was replaced by caretaker manager Mladen Krstajić.
Germany Vs Mexico
This will be the fourth World Cup encounter between Germany and Mexico. Germany have won their opening game in each of the last seven World Cups and Mexico are unbeaten in their last five World Cup opening games. Only Brazil have reached the World Cup more times than Germany and they will be looking to become the first team to win back-to-back World Cup titles since Brazil achieved it in 1962. Overall, only Brazil have lifted the trophy on more occasions than Germany. On the other hand, Mexico have qualified for the World Cup 16th time and are yet to win the tournament. Only Brazil, Germany, Italy and Argentina have made the tournament on more occasions. They’ve never progressed further than the second round outside their own borders. Germany’s Thomas Müller has scored more goals and delivered more assists at the World Cup than any other currently active player.
Brazil Vs Switzerland
Brazil have won the World Cup more times than any other team. Lifting the trophy in 25% of the tournaments played so far (5 out of 20). Brazil have topped their group (Round 1) in every single World Cup since 1982 and have won 16 of their last 18 opening games at the World Cup. Meanwhile, Switzerland have qualified for their 11th World Cup, knocking out Northern Ireland in the play-offs. Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in five of Switzerland’s last six goals at major tournaments (4 goals, 1 assist). Neymar was involved in five of Brazil’s 11 goals at the last World Cup (4 goals, 1 assist). Handed the role in June 2016, Brazil manager Tite will experience his first World Cup. While it will be Vladimir Petković’s first World Cup as manager and second major tournament with Switzerland after Euro 2016.