Lozano on Target as Mexico Stun Defending Champions 1-0

18 June, 2018, 14:43 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Mexico knocked off Germany, 1-0, in their Group F opener at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, after Hirving Lozano's first-half strike.

"I was massively impressed by Mexico, give them their due", said former Scotland winger Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live.

"Whenever you play against world powers, champions and potential champions, it's a little special", Ochoa added.

Mourinho also said the defeat - as well as Argentina's surprise draw against World Cup debutants Iceland on Saturday - would serve as a warning for Brazil not to take things lightly in their clash against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday night. Three of the past four have failed to make it out of the group stage.

The finish came just two minutes prior to Toni Kroos' brilliant free kick, which was kept out by an equally-incredible save by El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

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Germany, meanwhile, face an uphill task to become the first team to win back-to-back World Cups in 56 years. Coach Joachim Loew's team have managed just one win in their last six internationals - a lacklustre 2-1 win over lowly Saudi Arabia in the final warm-up game last week - and only kept one clean sheet.

It was a defeat that left Germany "crestfallen", was described as an "embarrassment" by the country's media and even triggered an earth tremor, such were the celebrations in Mexico.

Hirving Lozano finished off a terrific team goal to seal a surprise victory over the defending champions in the first major shock at Russian Federation 2018. We'll always go toe-to-toe'.

"We had a couple of shots on goal, but somehow it seemed jinxed, " Loew said.

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. Germany struggled to break down the El Tri defense, too often settling for crosses against a well-set defense.

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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.

Kimmich's charging runs far up the field can be a blessing and a curse for Germany.

The North Americans continued to press and were rewarded in the 35 minute after swift counter-attack concluded with Hirving Lozano firing home from 14-yards out, 1-0.

Kimmich is a risk-taking defender who likes to venture forward but will have to be careful against Mexico as Lozano is a very risky player and who when given space will exploit it to Mexico's advantage.

Regardless of the real cause of the quake, the emotion was evident, as crowds of people, many openly weeping, took to the streets to celebrate the historic win. Even though Germany outshot Mexico 25-12, had 61 percent possession and completed 519 passes to Mexico's 224, El Tri was the most unsafe team for much of the night.

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