Germany v Mexico, 17 June 2018

18 June, 2018, 08:50 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
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"We aspire to win a World Cup this time", said Miguel Paez, a 31-year-old who donned a Mexican wrestling mask in the colors of the national flag as he celebrated on Mexico City's main avenue, Paseo de la Reforma.

Word champions Germany were stunned by Mexico in the Group-F opener of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Second minute, 0-0: Mexico's Hirving Lozano receives a pass, darts into Germany's penalty area and shoots from close range, but Germany's Jerome Boateng makes a goal-saving block. "This isn't an Arsenal game", posted one fan on Twitter.

Mexico know they are not favourites, but a good performance would be a strong statement to start the World Cup. Not only are the Germans the defending the World Cup champions, they are also ranked No. 1 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings. Neither of those teams advanced from the group stage.

Germany hadn't been beaten in their opening World Cup match since 1982, which made Mexico's victory all the more impressive.

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Mexico supporters outnumbered Germany fans at the Luzhniki Stadium and made nearly all of the noise, roaring their team forward.

Mexico took control after that and looked the more unsafe team on attack with Manuel Neuer pulling off a great save to deny Hector Herrera from long range in the 11 minute.

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Mexican forward Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring against defending champion Germany.

Other than that, though, Low's side had to settle for half chances, while Kimmich nearly forced an own goal with a nice cross in the 16th minute.

Timo Werner could have scored when he picked up a ball near the penalty spot, but his shot went straight to Ochoa. "In the second half we pressed more but Mexico dropped back", he added. Time and again before half-time, Germany were lured into cul-de-sacs and then hit on the break.

Mexico, on the other hand, are riding high, after coach Juan Carlos Osorio told his players to "play for the love of winning and not the fear of losing".

Kimmich's charging runs far up the field can be a blessing and a curse for Germany.

Mexico left defending champions Germany exhausted and beaten in the first major upset at the 2018 World Cup. "We did not cover the spaces, we did not play our usual attacking game, we lost possession too often and so had to cover big distances, so the Mexicans had space to counter-attack", he said. The Lozano goal prompted what Mexican authorities claimed was a minor quake in the Mexico City area, probably prompted by the entire city jumping into the air and landing at the same time.

Germany registered 25 shots to Mexico's 12, but many were from long range and failed to seriously test Ochoa.

Germany will next face Sweden next Saturday, while Mexico will play South Korea.

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