Hirving Lozano the hero as Mexico stun holders Germany

Jun 18, 2018, 02:07
Hirving Lozano the hero as Mexico stun holders Germany

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 highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the victor on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history.

Mexico has upset Germany 1-0 in their opening World Cup game, leaving the defending champions with a tougher task to qualify for the knockout stages.

Mexico's shock victory over Germany sent shockwaves through the World Cup but Hirving Lozano's winning goal might have actually triggered an quake in Mexico City.

It hadn't lost an opening game since 1982.

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Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a key save in the 39th minute - one of nine in the match - from a Toni Kroos free kick and stressed that the surprise three points for Mexico was historic.

The resulting corner came back off the standing leg of Marvin Plattenhardt at the far post, but Manuel Neuer was aware of the danger and bailed his team-mate out with a good claim. But this milestone victory, Mexico's first over Germany in a competitive match - and first in any game since 1985 - gave hope El Tri could one day rise to the top. Even though Germany outshot Mexico 25-12, had 61 percent possession and completed 519 passes to Mexico's 224, El Tri was the most risky team for much of the night.

Germany coach Joachim Loew did not mince his words, saying: "We played very badly".

He said: "We weren't able to impose our usual way of playing, our attacking and passing was not effective". In the first half of the match we were the superior team.

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Both players struggled to deal with the speed of Mexico's attack, while the rest of the Germany team did little to help their center-backs.

With just five minutes gone, Carlos Vela played a perfectly-weighted pass for Lozano, who got in behind the defence and cut inside before getting a shot away that was blocked by Jerome Boateng. Germany are the Confederations Cup champions, and had a fantastic season in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Osorio said he tried to shield the players from the criticism which has come his way so they could concentrate exclusively on the match.

Kroos said Germany now must win their remaining Group F games against Sweden in Sochi next Saturday and against South Korea in Kazan on June 27 to be sure of progressing.

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