Mexico upsets World Cup champion Germany

Rex Christensen
June 18, 2018

Hirving Lozano caused a small artificial quake when he scored a historic winning goal for Mexico against Germany in their first World Cup match at the showpiece tournament in Russian Federation. Both literally and figuratively.

Germany showed numerous fault lines that had been there for all to see in recent games, and Mexico had obviously been doing their homework as they exploited them again and again and should have scored more goals.

Mexico's fans celebrate victory of their team after the match.

Germany were exposed by Mexico's counter-attacking, and if the Mexicans had been more accurate with their final pass they would not have had to endure a tense finale.

The outstanding Hirving Lozano smashed home the Mexican victor in the 35th minute at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, leaving Manuel Neuer clutching at thin air on his return to the German goal after a nine-month injury absence.

Whether it was down to a distracting pre-World Cup scandal or the result of an average season at Arsenal, Mesut Ozil was woeful.

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Germany boss Joachim Low agreed with Hummels, saying Germany "played badly", gave Mexico too much space, lost too many balls and rushed chances.

Germany didn't play the way they usually play. But the North Americans had other ideas as they pulled off a massive upset with a 1-0 win at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium. "We are now under pressure, we have to get six points from the next games", he said. And coming second could well see the four-times champions face the five-times World Cup winners Brazil if the latter win Group E.

Toni Kroos crashed a shot against the crossbar for Germany but they were never able to get back into the match as they slid to their first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982.

Germany forward Thomas Muller says there is a special motivation to defend the World Cup title. The German side certainly did that but it wasn't the one they would've wanted.

The street parties are still ongoing Sunday afternoon in Mexico.

32 squads who qualified for the World Cup are split in eight groups, and will each play three matches in the group stage.

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