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Mexico will face true measuring stick against Germany

World Cup holders Germany begin the defence of their title against Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow World Cup holders Germany begin the defence of their title against Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow Credit FIFA
Betsy Taylor | 21 June, 2018, 22:22

Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

"Indeed it is disappointing to have lost the first match, it's a situation we are not used to at all, in the many tournaments before we always won the first match but we have to accept this situation". They just need to concentrate on the game and when they win it's their credit and if we lose it's my fault. Since then Germany have managed to qualify for the knockout stage or the second group stage, as was the case in 1978, every time.

Mexico's defender Hector Moreno (L) and Germany's forward Thomas Mueller (2L) vie for the ball. "The team has enough experience to deal with it and we will rise again".

The match at the legendary 80,000-seat capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow was attended by over 78,000 people on Sunday night with an nearly equal number of football fans at the stands from Germany and Mexico, mixed with numerous football fans, who sported bright yellow colors of the Brazilian national team.

"We will not change our gameplan".

"We had drawn up a plan six months back", Osorio told reporters at full time.

Loew started eight of the nine 2014 World Cup winners in his squad, with Mesut Ozil returning from a knee injury and Manuel Neuer back in goal following his lengthy absence. Germany were thoroughly exposed during this transition as pushing bodies upfield left acres of space for the Mexican to run into, and had to run for their lives everytime they broke forward.

"Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome (Boateng) and I at the back".


The first half proved decisive. "We have made history in a way that no one ever has".

"It's great to start on the right foot when you're playing against the world champions".

Germany fought back immediately, a Toni Kroos free kick fingertipped on to the crossbar by Guillermo Ochoa.

If Layun was overwhelmed by his team's 1-0 victory over defending World Cup champion Germany, his coach wasn't.

Chicharito had penalty appeals when he sprung the offside trap and went down under a nudge, but Mexico were increasingly exhausted and in the final minutes substitute Julian Brandt saw his strike clip the outside of the upright.

One desperate last attack had Neuer come up for a corner, but a towering header from the veteran Marquez and subsequent claim from Ochoa allowed Mexico to close out an unforgettable triumph.

A day earlier, Mexico's Colombian manager Juan Carlos Osorio said he had drummed into his charges that they were not to be overawed by their highly-touted opponents, and with this win, they demonstrated they clearly were not.

"We played with bravery when it was needed and defended with all our hearts, I think we need to give the credit where it's due and that's to the players".

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