Mexico’s goal against Germany was satisfying, with the tidal motion of action suddenly surging the opposite way, and clean and purposeful passing, and a slick little first touch move followed by a sharp little strike. Lovely. But give me this here goal, from Philippe Coutinho in the 20th minute of this afternoon’s Brazil-Switzerland match, all damn day—just a strong man smashing the hell out of the ball from distance:
The ball sort of pinged around aimlessly before it found Coutinho, who just said ah hell with it and blasted it home. Brazil look absolutely terrifying in the first half of this match. They absorbed a spirited start from Switzerland, and now they can’t be taken off the ball. Coutinho’s screamer might be the first of many.