Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Germany stunned by Mexico at World Cup

Germany stunned by Mexico at World Cup

The 1-0 stunner, with Hirving Lozano scoring the winning goal, has given Mexicans hope that their team might win the tournament for the first time ever.

Well, not everyone is in doubt.

"We showed a lot of character, a lot of determination", midfielder Miguel Layun said.

SIMMSA reported on Twitter that the natural disaster was "artificially" created by "massive jumps" in the city following the goal and although it did not have any apparent impact, SIMMSA said in their statement - "The quake detected in Mexico City originated artificially". After wasting a handful of first-half chances while living dangerously in their own half, Hirving Lozano's 35th-minute strike on the break proved just reward.

Germany was a heavy favorite going into the match.

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Mourinho was full of praise for Mexico's performance, and criticized a German team that he said looked slow and lacking sharpness. "My teammates and I did some great work".

France in 2002 and Spain in 2014 were the other defending champions to lose their opening matches. Those two delivered a warning shot right in the open stages when they combined for a chance that could have brought a goal.

The Germans are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962. If they manage to draw it would be taken as a superb result, given that Germany won 4-1 in their last encounter.

The defending Champions Germany suffered a shock defeat against Mexico in their opening game of the World Cup group F campaign and the people of Mexico certainly enjoyed it, if the reaction in Mexico City was anything to go by.

Joachim Low's side breached the opposition defence for the first time in the 20th minute and should have scored.

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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. "We need to see what caused this".

"This was the best victory in a World Cup for Mexico, playing against the world champion", he said.

Germany hit back, Toni Kroos rattling the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick that needed the fingertips of a scrambling Ochoa to keep it out, but Mexico barely clung on to their advantage.

As the half progressed, Germany's willingness to commit numbers forward began to tell, Mexico dropping deeper and deeper, though it also helped Juan Carlos Osorio took had taken off Vela and Lozano by the 70th minute. Germany then dominated but when it broke through the Mexican defense, the shooting was poor. Die Mannschaft breezed through World Cup qualifying, winning ten out of ten, scoring 43 and conceding just four, and lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup past year with a youthful squad, while Low recently penned a contract until 2020.

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