FRAMINGHAM – Sunday was a day full of surprises in 2018 World Cup Soccer.
First, defending champions Germany were upset by Mexico in the morning, and then Brazil failed to win its opening round game, in the afternoon.
The Brazilians mustered up a tie with 6th-ranked Switzerland this afternoon.
Final score was 1-1, but it was not the crowd of Framingham residents at Tropical Cafe were hoping for in the opening round.
The surprises, left both front-runners not at the top of their groups in the 32-team field, as most expected.
Some Brazilians watched the Mexicans upset Germany at Tropical Cafe on Hollis Street Sunday morning, but the Framingham restaurant was standing room only for the Brazil vs Switzerland match start at 2 pm.
Philippe Coutinho scored a beautiful curling goal in the first half to give Brazil a 1-0 lead headed into halftime.
Steven Zuber of Switzerland tied the game early in the second half.
Brazil had chances, but never capitalized.
Seria leads Brazil’s group with three points. Brazil and Switzerland each have one point.
Only the top two teams in each of the groups move on to the next round.
Brazil’s next game is Friday at 8 a.m. in St. Petersberg against Costa Rica.
In yesterday’s match between Germany and Mexico, Hirving Lozano scored early to give the Mexicans the biggest upset of the tournament.
Photos taken during the Brazil vs Switzerland game at Tropical Cafe.