Mexico stun holders Germany in major upset

Elena Summers
June 17, 2018

Earlier, Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will lead Mexico's attack in its opening World Cup game against Germany.

With sombreros on their heads and flags draped over their shoulders, Mexican and German fans were enjoying the sunshine, singing together but both hoping for a win for their own team.

Now they clash on Sunday at Moscow's vast Luzhniki stadium in one of the biggest draws of the group stage.

Germany is bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962, and until Sunday hadn't lost an opening game since 1982. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than ideal pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted past Manuel Neuer. Some German politicians and media questioned whether the players, who are of Turkish heritage, were sufficiently committed to Germany.

A Herving Lozano goal in the first half proved priceless for a team that has played four times already with the European giants at the World Cup but was yet to record a victory. Fast start from Mexico.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Germany vs Mexico will kick off at 8:30 pm IST on Saturday. El Tri also had a penalty shout in the 70th when Hernandez went down under pressure from Mats Hummels.

But a lot has changed since then and Mexico is now all pumped up under the marvelous coach Juan Carlos Osorio. Germany are ranked number one by Federation Internationale de Football Association for a reason and they beat Mexico 4-1 on their way to last year's win in the Confederations Cup, so it was inevitable that a response was coming.

Mexico continued to threaten, Miguel Layun narrowly unable to latch onto a through ball, but their goal arrived 10 minutes before the break as Germany were again sliced apart.

They'll be supporting Thomas Muller, who is looking to continue his ascension up the ranks as one of the greatest World Cup goalscorers ever.

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