Germany 0-1 Mexico

Oscar Cross
June 19, 2018

Defending champions Germany crashed to the first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano's clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory on Sunday. The proof is in audio clips of his narration of the moment when Lozano placed a flawless kick to secure Mexico's early lead.

Sweden and South Korea probably won't be the biggest threats to a defence that suddenly looks shaky and devoid of confidence, but the giants that Germany face in the knockout stages won't be quite so forgiving.

Supporter Miguel Paez, who donned a Mexican wrestling mask in the colours of the national flag, said: "We aspire to win a World Cup this time".

It was a defeat that left Germany "crestfallen", was described as an "embarrassment" by the country's media and even triggered an earth tremor, such were the celebrations in Mexico.

A general view inside the stadium during a Russia training session ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match against Saudia Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

"Despite whatever he does in this World Cup, I don't know if he's going to keep the job", said Mexican goalkeeper and Fox analyst Moises Munoz.

Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo. Sami Khedira, who is tipped to fill the void left by Bastian Schweinsteiger, couldn't adjust to the pace of Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado in a two-man midfield.

The Group "F" clash pitting the two sides later in the evening invited them to the "Eclessia of Christ" with some of them telling the priests to intercede for their teams. Now, it's all about using that momentum to propel them forward as they look to realize their World Cup aspirations.

There was no lack of bite from their Concacaf colleagues, Mexico, though, as "El Tricolour" displayed impressive vigour and ambition against a Germany team of such quality that coach Joachim Loew opted to travel without Manchester City shooting star, Leroy Sane. We did not want this situation.

"The team has experience dealing with losses".

Fielding eight players from their 2014 winning side, Germany showed little resistance as Mexico only missed out on winning by a greater margin by wasting several counter attacks in the last 20 minutes. From the opening whistle, Mexico came out swinging, showing that they weren't phased by the defending champions.

"In all due respect, in the first half we were the better team".

The problems began previous year when the US Treasury Department accused team captain Rafael Marquez of being a front man for a drug kingpin. 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.

Marco Reus, meanwhile, told reporters he found out during Germany's pre-World Cup training camp in Italy that he would not start the game against Mexico. In the second half they tried to attack more.

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