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Germany vs Mexico
2018 FIFA World Cup, Group F
|Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
Hirving Lozano’s first half goal proved to be the difference in the end in gaining an important three points for Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Germany huffed and puffed, but they couldn’t break down a stubborn Mexican side that played on the break to perfection.
Germany and Mexico will be looking to get their campaign off to a flyer in their opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 1:00am (AEST).
Germany begin their defence of the FIFA World Cup with what will probably be their toughest task of the group stage.
When you look around at the players within the German squad, it’s not difficult to work out why they have been so successful in recent years.
Having a goalkeeper of Manuel Neuer’s class and a defender of Mats Hummels’ ability allows them to be solid defensively.
Mesut Ozil who can not only score, but create as well, gives them a real weapon from midfield. When you look at the forwards Germany possess, they have a few to pick from.
It will be interesting to see the impact Marco Reus could have. A player that is so gifted, yet always injured, finds himself fit for the biggest tournament in world sport. One does get the feeling that he will be ready to fire on all cylinders to make up for lost time.
History is no doubt in favour of the Germans in the group stage since 1994. They have a 13-4-1 win-draw-loss record.
Although, their form heading into the tournament has not been too flash. The pre-tournament friendlies have seen the Germans settling for draws with England, France and Spain, which also included losing matches matches to Brazil and Austria.
They did however beat Saudi Arabia in their last friendly leading into the tournament.
As for Mexico, they will be participating in their seventh consecutive World Cup finals. They have never progressed past the quarter-finals, and one would be surprised if they managed to get past that stage this time in Russia.
They definitely have an experienced squad which could prove to be handy. The players within the squad have been around the blocks and will know what to expect.
Guillermo Ochoa, the Mexican goalkeeper, will be massive if they want to progress past the group stage. He has whipped out some big saves in the past, and he will need to do so again.
Javier Hernandez is arguably Mexico’s most known player, so he will need to live up to that and produce for his country.
Mexico certainly are not a poor side, but there’s a reason Germany are the reigning champions. I just can’t see anything but a German win here.
Germany 2, Mexico 0
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