Mexico stuns holders Germany in opener

Calvin Saunders
June 18, 2018

The first half proved decisive.

"In the first half we played very badly, we were not able to impose our usual way of playing, attacking and our passing were not effective in the spaces, there were lots of counter-attacks and we had to get back". Germany's best chance came shortly after they went behind, when Ochoa tipped Kroos' free-kick onto the bar.

"In tournaments, losing a match can happen and you have to accept it".

After Lozano's goal, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a spectacular save to keep the score level, palming Toni Kroos' shot onto the crossbar.

A German fan gestures prior to their 2018 World Cup Group F match against Mexico during a public viewing event at the "Fanmeile" area in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate on June 17, 2018.

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.

Even though Germany outshot Mexico 25-12, had 61 percent possession and completed 519 passes to Mexico's 224, El Tri was the most unsafe team for much of the night.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Germany vs Mexico will kick off at 8:30 pm IST on Saturday.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Joachim Löw or Juan Carlos Osorio? "In the second half we were better, Mexico got exhausted, but we did not score, although there were enough chances for at least one". Germany then dominated but when it broke through the Mexican defense, the shooting was poor.

Rafael Marquez was named on the bench as the 39-year-old looks to become just the third player to appear at five editions of the World Cup.

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring after 20 minutes, turning home a stunning strike from distance, off the inside of the post, to settle any early nerves and give Tite's Selecao a 1-0 lead (WATCH HERE). But his plan for attacking Germany by relying on his wingers' speed didn't change.

But it was the Mexicans who triumphed thanks to Hirving Lozano' s 35th minute goal.

"We did not find any solutions to their game in the first half", the Real Madrid player told German broadcaster ZDF. "We chose Hirving, who is our fastest player".

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