Mexico upset defending champs Germany 1-0

Kristopher Nichols
June 19, 2018

Hirving Lozano's sole strike in the 55th minute of the game was enough to sink Germany - who despite having a star-studded line-up on the pitch were comfortably outclassed by Mexico.

They took to the game to the world champions, didn't accept their would-be status of second-best here and set the tone for the match with some brilliant early attacking play. In the first half of the match we were the superior team. Winning the first game of the group stage will put either team that much closer to advancing to the round of 16. But, coach Juan Carlos Osorio recently steered the team in an exceptional way and is now at least hoping for a draw in their opener. Neither were the sombrero-clad Mexican fans who seemed to be partying nonstop on the streets of Moscow in the days leading up to Sunday's match.

Trying to fit so many individual superstars is a problem that has befallen France manager Didier Deschamps, but one would have assumed that Germany manager Jogi Low would have had his team figured out by now.

Germany pressed in the second half but struggled to find the target. "No one imagined Iceland could hold Argentina, so we believe God has answered our prayers", one of the fans said. We've just had our first major upset of the tournament.

After Lozano's goal, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a spectacular save to keep the score even, palming Toni Kroos' shot onto the crossbar. The Colombian coach will look to avenge the 4-1 defeat in Sochi a year ago after steering Mexico comprehensively through World Cup qualifying - they lost just once in 16 games, the sole defeat coming after their passage to Russian Federation had already been confirmed.

"This is an experienced team".

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The reigning champions were second best to El Tri throughout and were duly punished by Hirving Lozano's superb goal midway through the first half. Osorio clearly wanted Mexico to break down the left side on the counter through Chucky Lozano, and you could see it from the very first minute onward.

Removing Saudi Arabia we have not won the last six games. Germany then dominated but when it broke through the Mexican defense, the shooting was poor.

He took to the field as a substitute towards the end of the match against Germany, notching an appearance in a fifth World Cup.

"You could hear already yesterday that players were self-critical", he said. "The coaching staff is experienced", the former defender said. Sebastian Rudy is Germany's only specialist defensive midfielder in the squad, but Leon Goretzka and Ilkay Gundogan are better options than Khedira.

"We were, of course, completely alone at the back", lamented centre-back Jerome Boateng. Today Mexico had a gameplan, and it executed that plan perfectly. "If we play out our ideas then we have players who are able to deliver", Loew added.

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