FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico stun defenders Germany
Defending champions Germany were stunned by Mexico (0-1) in their Group F encounter of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the match. Joachim Low's men failed to make the most out of the chances as they lacked the ruthlessness in front of the goal. It was a fast paced game where the direct approach by Mexicans paid dividends.
Germany became the fourth nation to lose their opening tie of the group stage after being the title holders. In the 2014 edition, Spain were humbled 5-1 by the Netherlands. After winning the title in 1998, France lost 0-1 in their first game against Senegal (2002). Notably, France were knocked out in the group stage itself. In 1990, Argentina fell short against Cameroon.
Mexico could have won the game by a better margin. They had several chances, but their decisions in the final third let them down. They did all the hard work presenting themselves with openings, but the final ball let them down. Germany too had their moments and made 25 attempts on goal. But the decision making inside the box wasn't good enough.
Mexico need to be credited for coming out strong with a clear intention of pace and pressing. This strategy stunned the Germans as the South American giants displayed more intensity. A mistake by Mats Hummels allowed Mexico to make the pivotal run. Javier Hernandez found Lozano, who squared the last defender to shoot past Manuel Neuer.
Rafa Marquez became the third player to play in five FIFA World Cups. The 39-year-old came on as a second half substitute in his side's 1-0 win. The other two players are Mexico's Antonio Carbajal and Germany's Lothar Matthaus.