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Mexico fans set off quake detectors celebrating World Cup win over Germany

20 June, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Germany coach Joachim Low lifts the 2014 World Cup

Spain lost their first game at the 2010 World Cup but went on to win the tournament outright.

What seemed like fantasy is now possible.

The outstanding Hirving Lozano smashed home the Mexican victor in the 35th minute at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, leaving Manuel Neuer clutching at thin air on his return to the German goal after a nine-month injury absence.

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. Osorio beefed up his defences to hang on, pulling off Lozano and then, with a quarter of an hour left, sending in 39-year-old Rafael Marquez at the back to become the third man ever to play in five World Cups.

Only one of them found the back of the net, though, and that came at the end of a counterattack in the 35th minute.

The German coach is in the crosshairs after sticking with a lackluster Mesut Ozil instead of speedy in-form winger Marco Reus, and setting his team up in such a way that allowed the Mexicans to launch countless counter-attacks.

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They weren't the only favourite to struggle, with Brazil drawing with Switzerland while Germany lost to Mexico . With this disappointing start by the Germans, it is yet to be seen if they can match Brazil's long-held record.

"You always have to play to win and not fear defeat".

President Enrique Peña Nieto also celebrated the victory, writing on Twitter: "Confirmed: Mexico competes and wins against the best in the world".

Leroy Sane of Germany looks on during the International Friendly between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 10, 2017 in London, England. "We will have to analyze why that was the case".

German Coach Jochim Loew conceded that his team "played very badly" in the opening 45 minutes.

Osorio survived calls for his head after his team were thrashed 7-0 by Chile at the Copa America Centenario two years ago.

The goal decided the match - a match Germany didn't expect to lose. "The game was close and I just wanted to do my job". The only time it advanced further was in 1970 and 1986, when Mexico hosted and lost in the quarterfinals - the latter to Germany on penalty kicks.

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"I think we're known as a team that starts well", he added, saying he feels "better from day to day" after returning from a groin injury.

Last week in Denmark, Osorio wore a dark T-shirt with "CERO EXCUSAS" in green, white and red lettering.

It is true that few would bet against Germany turning things round in their remaining games against Sweden and South Korea, but all is clearly not right with the four-times winners.

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. They have some major off-field issues involving some members of the squad and what effect it has on the pitch can only be said when the match progresses in Moscow.

"Nobody can tell us not to dream", goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said. We have to go step by step.

He knew this was an opener, not "quinto partido".

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