German panic, Neymar’s unwanted record
GERMANY'S media reacted with concern and worry to the World Cup holder's shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico.
Hirving Lozano hit the winning goal after 35 minutes in Moscow when the German defence was caught napping.
This was the first time Germany have lost an opening game at a World Cup finals since going down 2-1 to Algeria when Spain hosted the 1982 tournament.
Top-selling German daily Bild declared: "Embarrassing performance against Mexico: this crash causes us World Cup worry".
Munich-based newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung agreed with "There are reasons to worry" over a picture of the dejected German team, who need to beat Sweden and South Korea to be sure of going through.
Serbia 1 Costa Rica 0
Mexico 1 Germany 0
Switzerland 1 Brazil 1
Step aside Cristiano Ronaldo! Serbia and Costa Rica looked like they might be heading to a stalemate in Samara, until Aleksandar Kolarov stepped up.
The former Manchester City set piece genius earned his nation all three points with a venemous free-kick on 58 minutes. What a hit, son!
ONE TO WATCH:
Remember the name Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The 23-year-old Serb is being chased by the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus and against Costa Rica, showed why, producing a masterful performance in midfield.
Neymar's long-awaited return to the World Cup set a new record, as he was the most fouled player for 20 years.
In 2014 in his home country, he left the World Cup in agony after being on the receiving end of some violent defending.
Neymar fractured a vertebra in his back after a dangerous challenge by Colombia's Juan Zuniga during Brazil's 2-1 quarter-final victory and could not play again - meaning he missed the 7-1 semi-final thrashing by Germany.
Now on his return, after four months out with another injury, he was fortunate to emerge unscathed.
The striker looked rusty in Brazil's disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland, in only his second start since breaking a bone in his foot in February.
But the Paris Saint-Germain star was lucky come out of it at all, as he was clearly the target of several tactical fouls from Switzerland's cynical defenders.
Neymar was fouled 10 times in the match, the most for any player at the World Cup since England's Alan Shearer suffered 11 fouls at the hands of Tunisia at France 98.
Swiss boss Vladimir Petkovic clearly sent his side out to blot out Neymar's match-winning potential by any means necessary.
It was the worst treatment of a Brazil player since Pele was brutally kicked out of the World Cup by Bulgaria's brutal defenders in 1966.
The Bulgarians took it in turns to foul Pele and Brazil's star eventually had to be carried from the pitch.
WHO SAID WHAT
"In the first half we played very badly. We weren't able to impose our usual way of playing, our attacking and passing was not effective. It's disappointing to have lost the first match. It's a situation we're not used to at all." - Germany manager Joachim Loew reacts to an opening World Cup defeat to Mexico.
"I don't know if it's the biggest win in Mexico's history but doubtless it is one of the biggest for sure." - Mexico goal hero Hirving Lozano, putting his country's 1-0 upset of holders Germany in some context.
"I think there are 16 players (actually 17) who were born in other European countries and not Morocco, so that's a lot of cultures they've come from. It means they can adjust better to playing a European team." - Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva, born in France, believes the diverse make-up of Morocco's squad is a help rather than hindrance.
"It's fantastic to be here by the beach, but if we win we'll go back to Moscow. Holidays are for after the World Cup." - Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois's reply when asked if his team had made it to the beach in Sochi. The Belgian team hotel is right on the sea front.
"Amilcar was a good friend of mine and he was a very important person in the squad. Of course, he will always be with us." - Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo has a thought for his former teammate Amilcar Henriquez before the Central Americans make their World Cup debut against Belgium on Monday. Henriquez was a veteran Panamanian international who was murdered last year.