Hirving Lozano’s goal against Germany causes ‘earthquake’ in Mexico City

18 June, 2018, 13:13 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Germany v Mexico starts at 4pm on Sunday

"Now what we have to do is win the next match against Sweden".

"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".

World Cup holders Germany looked a shadow of their usual selves as they were humbled 1-0 in Moscow - and it could have been much heavier.

The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the victor on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history. Osorio beefed up his defences to hang on, pulling off Lozano and then, with a quarter of an hour left, sending in 39-year-old Rafael Marquez at the back to become the third man ever to play in five World Cups. Supporters could be heard yelling "puto" - the Spanish word for a male prostitute - when Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute of Sunday's Group F game.

The win gives Mexico three points and puts them in a golden spot to move on, while Germany now can't afford another slip up with South Korea and Sweden to come. Our team certainly has experience in dealing with losses and it goes without saying that the next match will be decisive for us.

"We will not change our gameplan".

It will be a stiff test for Mexico, who is looking to break the curse of six-straight tournaments in which it was unable to get out of the Round of 16.

Ozil was named in the starting XI by coach Joachim Low after shaking off a knee injury.




In defence Mats Hummels sits alongside Bayern Munich teammate Jerome Boateng in a very formidable centre-back partnership, while Joshua Kimmich and Marvin Plattenhardt occupy the full-back roles.

Mexico found themselves in similar situations, often on the desirable end of a 2-on-1 or a 3-on-2 positions but for the final pass to let them down.

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

"Of course we can still win the World Cup", he said.

That feeling when you beat the World Champions.

Analysts such as RTE's Didi Hamann had previously suggested that a relative lack of leadership could be Germany's undoing at these finals, and that looks as though it might turn out to be the case.

Reus also hammered a volley over from a narrow angle before a frenetic finale saw Julian Brandt, just on for Werner, smack the outside of the post with a thunderous effort from 20 yards.

Mexico's top global scorer, Javier Hernandez, may not be an automatic starter these days but his speed will come in handy for Juan Carlos Osorio's team. "We played with bravery when it was needed and also defended with all of our hearts".

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