Mexico dreams big at World Cup after beating Germany

Mexico dreams big at World Cup after beating Germany

Mexico dreams big at World Cup after beating Germany

Mexico won 1-0 at the Luzhniki Stadium, handing an opening-game defeat to the defending World Cup winners for the first time since 1982 after Hirving Lozano's 34th-minute goal. We all ran our hearts out.

Mexico only lost one game in qualifying and have reached at least the second round of every World Cup they have played.

Manuel Neuer does not believe Germany need to change their starting line-up in response to their 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.

"We decided on (goalscorer) Hirving Lozano as he is our fastest player".

His calming influence was crucial, marshaling the space in front of Mexico's back four as wave after wave of German attacks descended on the area.

Marquez took to the field toward the end of Sunday's match against Germany, notching his fifth appearance in a World Cup.

"We weren't able to impose our usual way of playing, our attacking and passing was not effective", he said. Germany then dominated but when it broke through the Mexican defense, the shooting was poor.

Juan Carlos Osorio's side have a lot more work to do before they achieve that aim, but his famed attention to detail paid off here and they appear strong both technically and tactically.

Germany's right flank seemed susceptible on the break, with Joshua Kimmich's forays forward leaving space for Lozano and Hernandez to gallop into unchallenged.

Such was the euphoria back home in Mexico, that seismic sensors in Mexico City detected what was reported to be a mini "artificial" natural disaster, caused by what the country's Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations claimed was "possible mass jumping", after Lozano's goal.

Germany registered 25 shots to Mexico's 12, but many were from long range and failed to seriously test Ochoa.

The Mexican soccer federation has been repeatedly fined by FIFA over fans chanting the slur in recent years, but the sanctions haven't escalated. Widely considered a slur, some argue there is no discriminatory intent.

Mexico will still have to maintain their focus and not get carried away in victory as they still have to see off Sweden and South Korea in their remaining group F games to assure them passage.

Still, that doesn't mean Mexico will sit deep and try to play on the counter, Osorio added.

Germany, like the other nations at the World Cup, are also adjusting to the introduction of VAR and Neuer admits it has had an impact on the squad.

Seismologists said that they had detected an "artificial" rumbling, possibly caused by "widespread jumping" when the goal was scored.

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