Mexico stun holders Germany 1-0 in World Cup opener

Danny Woods
June 18, 2018

Thousands of football fans had gathered in the capital to watch Mexico's surprise 1-0 win over World Cup holders Germany. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than ideal pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted past Manuel Neuer.

The finish came just two minutes prior to Toni Kroos' brilliant free kick, which was kept out by an equally-incredible save by El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

But despite nearly constant pressure they were largely kept at long range, and their poor finishing rarely threatened Ochoa as Mexico held out for only their second victory against the Germans in 12 attempts. In the first half of the match we were the superior team.

They have only themselves to blame, however, because the warning signs were there in their final warm-up games going into the tournament. "We all dream of playing in a World Cup - and to start in such a positive and important way - I think its my best goal so far".

Germany begins their World Cup title defense in the second scheduled game Sunday versus Mexico.

Mexico is not the clear favorite in Group F but they will definitely try to take avenge of the 4-1 defeat against Germany on their last encounter.

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.

Germany came into Russian Federation 2018 tipped as favorites by many, looking to become the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.

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The historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano's goal. "We are now under pressure, we have to get six points from the next games", he said.

"After this score, we can say that this generation of players is here to achieve big things. This isn't an Arsenal game", posted one fan on Twitter.

"The team has experience dealing with losses". Its great to start on the right foot, against the reigning world champions.

Germany had more strikes at goal and perhaps a lot more possession but it was the North American side that had the better of the glaring chances including what looked like a legitimate penalty disallowed.

France in 2002 and Spain in 2014 were the other defending champions to lose their opening matches.

But the World Cup-winning manager could have been forgiven for regretting the decision, with the Arsenal man struggling to make a big impression.

In what was a fairly lacklustre display by the German attackers, they were outshined by an insignificant Mexico attack, led valiantly by the experienced Javier Hernandez who created a plethora of opportunities for his side and also assisted the only goal that at the end was enough to sink Germany.

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