Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Winning goal causes natural disaster in Mexico

1:25                                            Joshua Kimmich knows Mexico have the quality to hurt Germany after facing them in last year's Confederations Cup 1:25 Joshua Kimmich knows Mexico have the quality to hurt Germany after facing them in last year's Confederations Cup
Jeannette Daniel | 18 June, 2018, 13:15

Mexico's aggressive approach unsettled the entire German team, particularly their central defensive pair - Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels - and their number 10. As a player in a World Cup you have to accept pressure.

Germany have not failed to make it beyond the opening round of a World Cup since 1938, but Joachim Loew's side now risk following then-holders Italy (2010) and Spain (2014) in exiting at the first hurdle.

Mexico probably would've been dreading the thought of facing Germany again.

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Germany's mix of youth and experience, and their penchant for an attacking brand of football right from the beginning has been well-known, but the defending champions didn't expect their opponents to beat them at their own game once it got under way. Juan Carlos Osorio's side were confident, brave, and were full value for their result. A Colombian who is bilingual and lived in the United States, Osorio had not been forgiven for a 7-0 loss to Chile in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America. Their intensity in possession increased, but they continued to leave the same gaps at the back.

The Mexicans pressed Germany but didn't overcommit.

Will they bounce back from their humbling today? More reliance was on speed and movement on the counterattack.


Carlos Salcedo almost diverted a teasing cross into his own net, while Timo Werner hit tamely at Ochoa when an umarked Julian Draxler appeared the better option.

They played a high line against the pacy quartet of Javier Hernandez, Lozano, Carlos Vela and Miguel Layun.

And it's a victory that may have changed the course of the tournament for both teams. Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil were being overrun; Julan Draxler and Thomas Mueller seemed absent.

For the most part, it was ponderous and laborious and suited Mexico perfectly. It was from one such break that Hirving "Chucky" Lozano scored the winning goal, superbly cutting inside before firing low past a helpless Manuel Neuer.

Another tweeted: "Ozil is playing like the arsenal ozil and not the Germany one".

With talk back home of a "historic victory" and sombrero-wearing supporters brightening and deafening the summer streets of Moscow, Mexico can dream of going better than a consistent record of reaching the last 16 of the last six World Cups and a couple of quarter-finals. The Germans were also visibly slower when faced with frequent runs from Hernandez and Lozano, finding themselves backtracking all too often, and not being able to put bodies behind and in front of Neuer in goal. Nearly immediately, they had a chance to level only for Guilhermo Ochoa to push Kroos' free-kick onto the bar with his fingertips. Germany are one of the most accomplished teams in Europe.

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