Germany, Brazil Struggle in Opening World Cup Matches
Germany and Brazil joined the list of top teams struggling to win their opening matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Russia.
Defending World Cup champion Germany suffered a 1-0 loss to Mexico on Sunday. Just a few hours later, Brazil was held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland. In addition, top-ranked Argentina tied 1-1 with Iceland on Saturday. And Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw on Friday.
Sunday's Germany-Mexico game was historic: It was the first time Germany has been defeated in a World Cup opening match in 36 years. The four-time winners have reached at least the semi-finals at every World Cup since 2002.
This year, Germany entered the World Cup as one of the favorites to win the tournament. But if they are to do so, Germany cannot lose or tie when they play Sweden and South Korea in their remaining group games.
Also on Sunday, Brazil failed to win their opening match against Switzerland. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Brazil is second in the most recent FIFA World Rankings. The team had been ready to begin this year's World Cup with a win after its exit in the last World Cup in 2014. That year, Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals. Then they were defeated 3-0 against the Netherlands in the match for third place.
The Brazilian team coach, who is commonly known only as Tite, spoke to reporters about Sunday's game against Switzerland. He said he would not make excuses for the poor result. "There was a lot of pressure and anxiety on the players and that translated into the finishes that were not precise. We had 20 finishes but we should have made the goalkeeper work harder," he said.
Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic also spoke about the game. He said he was proud of his team's performance. He added, "The first 40 minutes were tough for us, and at halftime I told the players to stay cool and press forward. They did, and it worked."
Germany will next play on June 23 against Sweden. Their final group game will be June 27 against South Korea.
Brazil will play against Costa Rica on Friday. Their final group game will also be June 27 against Serbia.
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1.In addition 另外
You need money and time; in addition, you need diligence.
2.the World Cup 世界杯
I hope still to be in the side when the World Cup comes around next year.
3.press forward 奋力向前
They wanted us to press forward with the work.
4.be proud of 为...骄傲
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5.He said he would not make excuses for the poor result.
make excuses for 为...找借口
He never tries to cover up or make excuses for his mistakes.
It's not my job to make excuses for you anymore.
6.We had 20 finishes but we should have made the goalkeeper work harder," he said.
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You will not be lagging behind if you work harder.
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周日，卫冕冠军德国队以0：1惜败墨西哥队。数小时后，巴西队被瑞士队以1：1逼平 。此外，周六，世界排名靠前的阿根廷队与冰岛队1：1战平 。周五的西班牙和葡萄牙以3：3平局 。
巴西在国际足联最新公布的世界排名中位列第二。自2014年世界杯出局后，巴西队欲以一场开局胜开始今年的世界杯比赛 。当年，巴西在半决赛中以1：7败与德国队 。随后，在季军争夺战中以0：3不敌荷兰队 。
巴西队教练蒂特接受记者采访时提到周日对阵瑞士的比赛。他说，他不会为糟糕的比赛结果寻找托辞 。他说：”球员们承受着巨大的压力和焦虑，导致技术动作失去准确性 。我们有20脚射门，不过我们应该给对方门将制造更大压力 。“
瑞士队教练佩特科维奇（Vladimir Petkovic）也对这场比赛发表了看法。他说，他为球队的表现感到骄傲 。他补充说：”前40分钟对我们来说异常艰难 。中场休息时，我告诉球员们保持冷静，继续前进 。他们照做了，而且成功了 。“