Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Germany's embarrassing defeat to Mexico shows anyone can win it

Germany's embarrassing defeat to Mexico shows anyone can win it

Germany were the clear favourites as they took on Mexico in their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, on Sunday.

PSV winger Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game when he broke down the left, cut inside past a weak challenge from Mesut Ozil and fired past Manuel Neuer at the near post.

And so, Germany follow Spain in suffering defeat in their first match back as World Cup champions.

Hello and welcome to the live updates session of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, we focus on the first game in Group F between 2014 World Cup winners, Germany as they take on Mexico.

And the majority of the 75,000-plus fans went home happy with Hirving Lozano's first-half goal and Guillermo Ochoa's eight saves in goal giving Mexico a 1-0 victory.

Mexico pulled back into a more defensive formation midway through the second half as key players exhausted and had to withstand heavy pressure from Germany.

Day 4 of World Cup 2018 was defined by Mexico's history-making win over World Cup champion Germany, more decisive set-piece goals and the continued underperformance of the favorites for the tournament. Mexico pressed and harried Low's side up and down the pitch, were significantly sharper in attack and were unfortunate not to score before they eventually did.

Mexico is hoping to end a streak of six straight World Cups where it has lost in the round of 16, and in a bid to end that streak Osorio added a mental coach to his staff in 2016.

Germany's embarrassing defeat to Mexico shows anyone can win it

With the win, Mexico is now in charge of its own destiny; with another victory in its last two games, it could advance to the knockout stage as the group champion, avoiding a second-round matchup with Brazil.

The Germans now face Sweden and South Korea and should still qualify from Group F. But their reputation is not what it was.

Trying to fit so many individual superstars is a problem that has befallen France manager Didier Deschamps, but one would have assumed that Germany manager Jogi Low would have had his team figured out by now.

Kroos, who like Hummels was part of the team that won the 2014 World Cup, said Germany paid the price for failing to stem the waves of Mexican first-half attacks.

Budweiser is one of the main sponsors for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation having signed a deal with FIFA as the official alcohol supplier to the tournament. Germany struggled when out of possession, and Ozil was a non-entity when they didn't have the ball.

Mexico missed several chances in the first 45 minutes and, while German substitutes Mario Gomez and Julian Brandt went close late on, they could not recover from their slow start.

Paez described the game as a welcome distraction from Mexico's upcoming July 1 presidential election.

Mexico City earthquake detected after Mexico's World Cup win over Germany
Germany registered 25 shots to Mexico's 12, but many were from long range and failed to seriously test Ochoa. Mexico fans celebrated the win so intensely that the ground actually shook beneath their feet.


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