Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Mexico Fans' World Cup Goal Celebration Causes 'Artificial Earthquake'

Mexico Fans' World Cup Goal Celebration Causes 'Artificial Earthquake'

German newspaper Die Welt took a swipe at Mexico today in the name of World Cup soccer, publishing a somewhat inflammatory headline about what Germany would do to them on the pitch by alluding to US President Donald Trump's plans for a barrier on the border.

Hirving Lozano scored the lone goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez's pass inside the penalty area and beating Mesut Ozil before shooting past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.

The last three European winners of the World Cup before Germany - France, Italy and Spain - have all exited at the group stage during their title defence.

"If we go on like this, I'll be anxious", he added.

Germany will now look ahead to their next group match against Sweden and Low hasn't shied away from the fact that it is imperative that his side get a result. "To start off on the right foot against the best team in the world, it's a huge result and great work by the team".

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Those two delivered a warning shot right in the open stages when they combined for a chance that could have brought a goal. Well, not everyone is in doubt. "We showed a lot of character, a lot of determination", midfielder Miguel Layun said.

The victory was a redemption of sorts for the team's Colombian coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, who has been widely criticized by pundits and a football-loving public for his tactics and management of the national team, but analysts praised Mexico for the pace of their attack.

"I'm amazed that some of the senior German players didn't go and see the manager [about leaving out Sane]", said Murphy on BBC 5 Live.

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"The next game is vital for us, we have to win it", Low said.

Joachim Loew is facing the biggest crisis of his 12-year reign as Germany coach after the holders slipped to a shock defeat against Mexico in their World Cup opener in Russian Federation.

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"In the first half, we played very badly, we were not able to impose our usual way of playing, attacking and there were lots of counter attacks against us and we were very vulnerable".

Germany, meanwhile, had 26 shots without causing Guillermo Ochoa too many problems, although the Mexico goalkeeper made nine saves in keeping a memorable clean sheet. They performed really well on their qualifying campaign as they faced just one defeat in 16 matches. He has been in charge of Mexico since late 2015 and is called "El Profesor" - a sobriquet of ridicule, not respect. As Osorio said afterward, he told his team to "play for the love of winning, not the fear of losing". They hadn't lost an opening game since the then-West Germany succumbed, 2-1, to Algeria in 1982.

Serbia, which missed out on the 2014 World Cup, had the early advantage in a tough group in Russian Federation that includes five-time champion Brazil and Switzerland.

By beating Germany, Mexico put itself in position to possible play Serbia, Switzerland or Costa Rica in the second round and avoid a matchup with Brazil.

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