Mexico Beats Germany 1-0 In World Cup, Avenges News Outlet’s Insult

Mexico Beats Germany 1-0 In World Cup, Avenges News Outlet’s Insult

Darren Sullivan
June 18, 2018

Germany, the World Cup champion, had never lost the first match of a title defense while Mexico had never beaten a reigning team. But during the 35th minute of the game, a handsome goal from Mexico's Hirving Lozano put the score at 1-0, Mexico. However, they will be extremely wary of Mexico, who have grown leaps and bounds under Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

The 28-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder went off injured in the first half of the 5-0 win - and will see his World Cup over, if the hosts fail to make it out of Group A.

Mexico got off to a flying start, failing to convert a strong scoring chance in the opening minutes of the match. "We did our best today and we have to keep on the same path". Try as they might, the rest of the game Germany was unable to score.

Paez described the game as a welcome distraction from Mexico's upcoming July 1 presidential election. That set the tone for Mexico to torment Germany on the counterattack, with Lozano taking full advantage of right back Joshua Kimmich's tendency to go forward.

"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. We know it is going to be hard but we know that we can compete against any team".

"If seven or eight players are attacking then it is clear that our attacking power is greater", said Hummels.

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"Our motto was play with the love of winning and not the fear of losing", Osorio said after the match, Reuters news agency reports. Die Mannschaft breezed through World Cup qualifying, winning ten out of ten, scoring 43 and conceding just four, and lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup past year with a youthful squad, while Low recently penned a contract until 2020.

"We decided on [goalscorer] Hirving Lozano as he is our fastest player".

Kroos said Germany now must win their remaining Group F games against Sweden in Sochi next Saturday and against South Korea in Kazan on June 27 to be sure of progressing.

Here are the major talking points from the game.

Osorio had to endure vociferous criticism after a 7-0 defeat by Chile at the Copa Centenario in 2016 and again after their performances at the Confederations Cup previous year, including a semifinal defeat to Germany.