Hirving Lozano’s Goal Stuns World Cup Champs In Massive Upset

Hirving Lozano’s Goal Stuns World Cup Champs In Massive Upset

Mexico held on for a famous win, prompting wild, delirious celebratory scenes at the final whistle.

Germany's Jerome Boateng challenges Mexico's Hector Herrera.

Fans in Mexico use the chant to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick.

They took to the game to the world champions, didn't accept their would-be status of second-best here and set the tone for the match with some brilliant early attacking play. In the second we knew well that Germany have an outstanding team.

That defeat in Sochi was one that hurt their ego.

FC's Stewart Robson believes Juan Carlos Osorio and Mexico hatched a flawless, counterattacking game plan against an aging Germany side. They were desperate to prove to the footballing world that they are one of the top teams in the world. A Colombian who is bilingual and lived in the United States, Osorio had not been forgiven for a 7-0 loss to Chile in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America.

However, on Sunday at the Luzhnki Stadium, it was pretty evident that Osorio and Mexico had learnt from those humblings. "We have to get six points from the next games".

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Mexicans celebrating their win over Germany.

"They've always done things like that", 53-year-old fan Magdalena Martinez said Sunday of the partying Mexican players. More reliance was on speed and movement on the counterattack. According to football statistics website Whoscored, of Germany's starters, only Sami Khedira and Timo Werner, who were substituted, registered a lower rating than Ozil.

Lozano, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela formed a three-man frontline and they had the Germans on their toes from the start with their slick passing and running.

Germany registered 25 shots to Mexico's 12, but many were from long range and failed to seriously test Ochoa. After wasting a handful of first-half chances while living dangerously in their own half, Hirving Lozano's 35th-minute strike on the break proved just reward. Their ideal 10-0 record during qualifiers feels like a distant memory after narrowly beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 a little over a week ago. Kimmich's absence meant Ozil was left trying to stop Lozano for Mexico's opening goal. Nearly immediately, they had a chance to level only for Guilhermo Ochoa to push Kroos' free-kick onto the bar with his fingertips. And its raucous supporters were rewarded with a 1-0 win over Germany that made history on several fronts.

On the hour mark, Loew sent Marco Reus on for his major tournament appearance with Germany. "We suffered a lot to get this result". Mexico were relentless at the back, however, and broke downfield on many occasions without success. The equaliser never came.

The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations said highly sensitive quake sensors registered tremors at two sites in the capital seven seconds after the game's 35th minute.

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

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