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World Cup: Mexico Shock Holders Germany

Mexico produced what will be one of their best performances at the World Cup stage when they stunned Defending World Cup Champions Germany.

Hirving Lozano struck before halftime – He was set in space by Javier Hernandez’s low through ball, cut inside before firing past manuel Neuer – El Tri held on to their 0-1 victory in Moscow.

Joachim Loewy’s side looked vulnerable everytime Mexico went in attack, and before the halftime, it could have been worse if Mexico were more clinical infront of the goal.

Guillermo Ochoa looked strong in goal at the other end to deny Germany including that Toni Kroos free-kick.

The defeat is the first for Germany at the World Cup since they lost to Spain in the 2010 semi-final.

This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the reigning champions have failed to win their opening match – Italy drew 1-1 with Paraguay in 2010, and Spain lost 5-1 against the Netherlands in 2014.

This was also the first time a German side had lost their opening game of this tournament since 1982, when West Germany, then, were upset by Algeria.

The victory gives the Nort Americans three points and puts them in a good postion to come out of their group, Germany on the other hand, can’t afford another slip up with South Korea and Sweden to come.


Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer (capt); Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Marvin Plattenhardt; Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos; Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner

Coach: Joachim Loew (GER)

Mexico (4-3-3): Guillermo Ochoa; Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo; Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado (capt), Miguel Layun; Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela

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