Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Hirving Lozano gives Mexico 1-0 lead against Germany

Hirving Lozano gives Mexico 1-0 lead against Germany

Germany became the third defending champion in the last 16 years to lose its opening match at the World Cup, falling to Mexico 1-0 Sunday.

Current holders, Germany begin defence of their World Cup title this Sunday when they take on Mexico.

The reaction from Juan Carlos Osorio to being told that an natural disaster had registered in Mexico City amid the celebrations for Hirving Lozano's winning goal against Germany told you everything about why this perhaps should not register quite so highly on the Richter scale of World Cup upsets.

Germany is starting with Mesut Ozil in midfield for its World Cup opener against Mexico, while Marco Reus is on the bench.

The defeat for Die Mannschaft is their first in eight opening games at the tournament, while El Tri remain unbeaten in their six opening fixtures.

Mexico got off to a flying start, failing to convert a strong scoring chance in the opening minutes of the match. "Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with just Jerome [Boateng] and myself at the back", centre-back Hummels said.

"We looked nervous and were not able to play the way we wanted to play", Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

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It was, however, to be their day, with a stunning 1-0 success getting them off to the best possible start at Russian Federation 2018. It's disappointing to have lost the first match.

"Our motto was play with the love of winning and not the fear of losing", Osorio said after the match, Reuters news agency reports.

"We were nervous and we weren't playing the game we wanted to play", Loew said.

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.

Osorio's strategy against the four-time champions was speed on the wings with the 22-year-old Lozano, his fastest player, and Miguel Layun. After all, when Germany pulled off a huge upset at the Winter Olympics by defeating Canada 4-3 in the men's ice hockey semi-finals, the Germans couldn't resist a bit of gloating.

Low must lift his team for the next Group F game against Sweden on Saturday, while Mexico knows a win against South Korea on the same day would give it a wonderful chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

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