Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Germany's World Cup defence dealt major blow as Mexico record stunning victory

Germany's World Cup defence dealt major blow as Mexico record stunning victory

And on Sunday, we were treated to the second best game of the tournament so far as Germany met Mexico at the Luzhniki stadium.

The Germany team competed for possession against a Mexico side that routinely has more of it but the reigning world champions' problems didn't come when in possession. It was noticeable that when Germany had a corner or attacking free-kick, Mexico left Hernandez, Lozano and sometimes right-winger Miguel Layun up the pitch.

He played just four games all season for Bayern Munich, but returned to action for Germany's friendly against Austria earlier this month. In doing so, Marquez became only the fourth player in history to appear at five World Cups.

After speculation that Mesut Ozil would be dropped for Germany's clash against Mexico, Joachim Low gives playmaker the nod.

Since then, the defender has been an ever-present for El Tri.

Mexico were able to keep them at bay until Kimmich's ambitious overhead kick and Werner's instinctive close-range effort both flashed narrowly over in quick succession midway through the half.

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Man of the match Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game when he finished a Mexican break by drilling a low shot past Manuel Neuer but, in truth, this was a breathtaking team performance.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio named an attacking trio of the highly-rated Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela.

Moreno got a yellow card for timewasting as half-time approached, but Germany were suddenly looking ragged, with passes going astray as they tried to make headway around the Mexico area.

The Mexicans have been out in force in Russian Federation since the tournament began on Thursday, being a prominent presence on the streets as well at matches featuring other teams.

Germany defeated Mexico 4-1 on the way to lifting last year's Confederations Cup trophy but Kroos believes that result is of little significance now.

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