The gladiators from the land of Aztecs have started their World Cup campaign in the most dramatic way as Mexico beat World Champions Germany in the first group F match on Sunday.
Setting the Scene:
The match against Mexico was the toughest for the Germans and they were expected to get the job done in Moscow. But the Mexican coach Juan Osorio said that his team will play without fear and has the capabilities to stun Germany. The European country came into the World Cup after a string of poor results as they had just won once in their last six matches.
Mexico started with confidence and started the game in front foot as they were troubling the Champions from the early exchanges. Carlos Vela and Miguel Layun squandered opportunities, but the most recent Mexican star Hirving Lozano beat Manuel Neuer at his near post to give El Tri a massive lead. The PSV player has made some leaps in his career in the previous season, but this will surely be the greatest moment of his sparkling career so far. It was 1-0 to Mexico after the first half.
At the start of the second half, the Mexicans went into defensive and Germany were in advance positions most of the half. Werner, Kroos came close and Ochoa made some decent saves to keep them at bay. There some last pitch tackles, inspirational defending and gutsy show from the Mexicans was enough to grind them a precious victory as it ended 1-0 in favour of the Mexicans.
Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng,Plattenhardt; Khedira, Kroos; Muller, Ozil, Draxler; Werner (Brandt)
Mexico: Ochoa; Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo; Herrera, Guardado (Marquez); Layun, Vela (Alvarez), Lozano (Jimenez); Hernandez
The win takes the Mexicans to three points after the first match and it takes them to a position of advantage as they will be eyeing to qualify from the group as winners. Germany on the othe rhand will have to come back stronger as they play Sweden in their next match.
Hirving Lozano: “He told us to keep playing like we were playing. To come out 100 percent,He saw the game well, To start off on the right foot against the best team in the world, it’s a huge result and great work from the team.”