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Mexico stuns defending champions Germany

July 16 2018, 04:50 | Perry Erickson

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Defending World Cup champions Germany fell to a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their Group F encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday in what was a fearless display of defending and counter-attacking football from El Tri.

Mexico faced Germany a year ago in the FIFA Confederations Cup where they witnessed a 4-1 defeat in Sochi.

Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game in the 35th minute before Mexico heroically absorbed wave after wave of attacks.

Thousands of football fans had gathered in the capital to watch Mexico's surprise 1-0 win over World Cup holders Germany.

The Germans are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962, but have now won only one of their last seven games in all competitions.

It hadn't lost an opening game since 1982.

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. "Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with just Jerome [Boateng] and myself at the back", centre-back Hummels said.

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Thursday's World Cup opener was played in a library compared with the atmosphere at Sunday's Mexico-Germany game.

"We were nervous and we weren't playing the game we wanted to play, " Germany coach Joachim Loew said. In the second we knew full well that Germany have an outstanding team.

Seeking defensive reinforcement, Osorio brought on 39-year-old veteran Rafael Marquez to play in his fifth World Cup.

Some Twitter commentators and fans were quick to draw parallels between the Mexican team's long odds ahead of the Germany match and the big lead in surveys enjoyed by leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO.

Die Mannschaft face South Korea and Sweden next.

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Osorio said he tried to shield the players from the criticism which has come his way so they could concentrate exclusively on the match. Thus concluded the trend of defending champions losing their opening match of the following World Cup, as Germany followed in the footsteps of France (2002), Italy (2010) and Spain (2014).

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