Sunday, 17 June 2018

Germany 0-1 Mexico: Germany suffer shock loss in Group F opener



Germany's defence of the World Cup started with defeat as Mexico secured a pulsating 1-0 victory in Moscow on Sunday.

 
Hirving Lozano finished off a flowing counter-attack with a low close-range strike in the first half to put his team in command of Group F and settle a thriller at the Luzhniki Stadium.


Germany have only ever lost the opening match of a World Cup once before - to Algeria in 1982 - and must now bounce back against Sweden and South Korea if they are to reach the knock-out stages.
 
 
Meanwhile, there were wild celebrations from the Mexican players as they enjoyed their first ever competitive victory over Germany.
Mexico's success was built upon a super first-half display. A last-ditch tackle from Jerome Boateng was required to deny Lozano a second-minute opener and their three vibrant forwards were a constant threat on the break.





Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Julian Draxler in discussion prior to a Germany free kick







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