The Roma defender scored the only goal of the game with a superb strike from 25 yards.
“We started drawing up a plan six months ago, we had to change some parts because of injuries, but basically using players who are very fast down the flanks”, he told reporters after the match.
A man who also guided his team to Confederations Cup success in Russian Federation in 2017 told reporters: “Indeed it is disappointing to have lost the first match, it’s a situation we are not used to at all, in the many tournaments before we always won the first match but we have to accept this situation”.
Later on Sunday in Serbia’s Group E, Brazil will face Switzerland. Serbia’s next game is against Switzerland on June 22.
In the 56th minute, former Manchester City fullback Aleksandar Kolarov curled in a handsome free kick past Real Madrid goalkeeper, Keylor Navas. From there, Costa Rica could not find a way back into the match and barely were able to get any real chances on target.
The country hosted many public watch parties, and they were well-attended. Perhaps that’s still true, but statements were definitely made about both teams here.
Mexico achieved the impossible.
I think fans in Mexico City were excited.
El Tri’s form wasn’t impressive heading into the World Cup, but they erased a lot of doubt on Sunday.
Hirving Lozano hit the winning goal after 35 minutes in Moscow when the German defence was caught napping. “There is no need to break out in panic just because we have lost a match”.
The result means that neither Brazil, Germany, Argentina or Spain have managed a win in their opening game and leaves the World Cup looking wide open.
However, one wonders what will happen if they make it to the final.
If Germany finish as group runners-up, they could face Brazil in a clash of World Cup titans in the next round – a flawless chance for the Brazilians to avenge the humiliating 7-1 defeat to the Germans on home soil in 2014.
It was not supposed to go this way.
Loew threw on Marco Reus in place of Sami Khedira and, with 10 minutes to go, yet another striker in Mario Gomez, to reinforce Timo Werner, who had failed to make much of a mark.