Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Mexico stuns defending champion Germany in World Cup opener

Mexico stuns defending champion Germany in World Cup opener

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Seeking defensive reinforcement, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio brought on 39-year-old veteran Rafael Marquez to play in his fifth World Cup. Find out by following our live matchcast. Leon Goretzka scored twice in the opening eight minutes.

And the wall that was Mexico's defence never caved in, as 25 shots came and went for Germany without finding the net - with goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa producing nine saves, including a stunning one to tip Toni Kroos' free-kick onto the bar.

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An natural disaster was detected in Mexico City after El Tri opened the scoring in their 2018 FIFA World Cup match against Germany on Sunday. The real key for Mexico was the collective, the way the players pressed and harried the Germans into mistakes all over the field and then showed the steel to hold onto the one-goal lead.

Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates.

After Sami Khedira lost possession, Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning counter before finding a charging Lozano, who cut inside a covering Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer's near post to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico support.

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Another player who has been involved in five World Cup tournaments is Gianluigi Buffon, who was included in the Italy squad for the 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Germany vs Mexico will kick off at 8:30 pm IST on Saturday.

Moreno got a yellow card for timewasting as half-time approached, but Germany were suddenly looking ragged, with passes going astray as they tried to make headway around the Mexico area.

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Within 20 minutes, Neuer, the Golden Glove victor four years ago, had been given more chances to remind everyone of this than he could have hoped for, with Hector Herrera and West Ham's Javier Hernandez both testing him.

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