Mexico over Germany, an upset six months in the making 06/17/2018

Mexico over Germany, an upset six months in the making 06/17/2018

The only European team to lose: Germany, which had not lost its opening game at the World Cup since 1982 when it fell to Algeria, 2-1. The proof is in audio clips of his narration of the moment when Lozano placed a ideal kick to secure Mexico's early lead.

At the other end, Guillermo Ochoa tipped a blistering Kroos free kick on to the bar minutes later, in what was to prove the Germans' closest effort of a match in Moscow in which they had more than 60 percent possession but could not make it count.

Mexico were increasingly weary as the game approached its final touches, but Germany were unable to break down a exhausted side and increasingly looked leggy themselves.

Paez described the game as a welcome distraction from Mexico's upcoming July 1 presidential election.

Germany came into the match as the defending champion and was heavy favored to win.

Mexicans celebrating their win over Germany.

Germany hadn't been smooth in pre-World Cup friendlies and carried over that form to the first game of the tournament.

PSV winger Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game when he broke down the left, cut inside past a weak challenge from Mesut Ozil and fired past Manuel Neuer at the near post.

In reply to that, Osario introduced former Barcelona man Rafael Marquez, who played in his fifth World Cup aged 39, to add robustness at the back.

Fielding eight players from their 2014 winning side, Germany showed little resistance as Mexico only missed out on winning by a greater margin by wasting several counter attacks in the last 20 minutes. Khedira, a box-to-box player who can't really get around the pitch quickly enough anymore, is a liability as Kroos' sole colleague in the engine room.

In the city's massive main square, families in Mexican football jerseys had watched on a giant screen in front of a towering cathedral as Mexico beat Germany 1-0 in Moscow. When the group F match began, Germany looked well in control. "Our team has experience of dealing with losses, the next match will be decisive and we have to win it".

Low brought on striker Mario Gomez in a final attempt to rescue a point but the Stuttgart forward missed a late header and El Tri held on for their first ever win over Germany in a World Cup.

The problems began previous year when the US Treasury Department accused team captain Rafael Marquez of being a front man for a drug kingpin.

Their opponents didn't have to defend out of their skins to strangulate Germany, as the holders passed it around in the final third quite a bit without managing to play the killer pass even once.

There have also been two defeats to Argentina, one to Bulgaria on penalties, one against Germany - where they also led until well into the second half - and an especially painful one against neighbours the United States.

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