Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Germany and Brazil roll into the World Cup

Germany and Brazil roll into the World Cup

"Willian is going to be the best player at the tournament, alongside Neymar".

While others were left to ponder if, much like President Trump's infamous coif, Neymar's statement 'do has the potential to become sentient in its own right.

Brazil has won 17 of its 22 matches since Tite took over as coach in 2016. "I got the green light from the doctors and always remained very positive in the past and managed to increase my workload step by step".

Brazil kick off their campaign against Switzerland later today (7pm United Kingdom time) and the five-time winners are favourites to lift the trophy again.

Defending champions Germany lost to Mexico on Sunday while Argentina were held by Iceland and Spain drew with Portugal, with only France of the fancied teams winning despite an under-par display against Australia.

The nations are forever linked by Germany's 7-1 humiliation of host Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semifinals.

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The opening ceremony included a mini-concert by British pop star Robbie Williams , who performed "Let Me Entertain You". The comfortable win raised hopes that the low-ranked hosts might progress into the tournament's later stages.

Brazil start their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Group E before facing Costa Rica and then Serbia.

The three German midfielders, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira between them didn't make a single tackle during the match against Mexico.

Serbia has a striker to watch in 23-year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic, who had a hat trick to lead his team to a 5-1 friendly win over Bolivia. "There's huge room for improvement".

That prompted the suggestions from the media that he is the only person in the country who is "universally liked", but while Tite disagreed with that, he was undoubtedly happy with the progress his team has made. His 2016 hiring hasn't seemed to affect the team's results and has been heavily scrutinized by Mexican media.

"But that is the moment, you end up taking decisions, sometimes, that are not the best ones, but only those who are there get to know how hard it is to play at these moments". For the first time, he'll be joined by his younger brother and LA Galaxy teammate, Jonathan dos Santos.

Tite did not complain that his side were denied a penalty when Manuel Akanji wrapped his arms around Gabriel Jesus and had little sympathy with claims some of his players had been fouled when Switzerland levelled.

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