Hirving Lozano scores as Mexico stun holders Germany in World Cup opener

Posted June 18, 2018

Germany came into Russian Federation 2018 tipped as favorites by many, looking to become the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962. But during the 35th minute of the game, a handsome goal from Mexico's Hirving Lozano put the score at 1-0, Mexico.

After three days of the favourites winning, Mexico pulled it out the bag and recorded one of the biggest wins in their history, beating Germany 1-0 in Moscow.

Team news! Toni Kroos starts in midfield, as does Manuel Neuer who has only played a few friendlies for Germany since recovering from a broken foot. Neither of those teams advanced from the group stage.

PSV Eindhoven's rising star Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game and Mexico could have had four or five in the first half.

"I was massively impressed by Mexico, give them their due", said former Scotland winger Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live.

The 28-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder went off injured in the first half of the 5-0 win - and will see his World Cup over, if the hosts fail to make it out of Group A. They hadn't lost an opening game since the then-West Germany fell 2-1 to Algeria in 1982. Commentators anxious that family tensions could distract the players from their goal of winning World Cup matches.

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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.

Welp, that didn't go as planned for Germany.

In his first competitive start since September 16 because of injury, Neuer was kept busy saving a stinging long shot from Hector Herrera in the 10th, then a header shortly after a free kick.

Both players struggled to deal with the speed of Mexico's attack, while the rest of the Germany team did little to help their center-backs.

Juan Carlos Osorio's men could have doubled their lead in the 57th minute but poor decision making in the final third let them down.

With Mats Hummels drawn out of position, Mexico countered with two quick passes and Lozano had all the time in the world to set himself up for the shot. With Kimmich up ahead, it was Ozil who found himself tasked to stop Lozano. They were well organized and mostly restricted Germany to shots from outside the box, which Guillermo Ochoa dealt with well.

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