Magnificent Mexico stun Germany

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    Hirving Lozano’s first half-goal proved to be the difference in the end in gaining an important three points for Mexico against Germany at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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    Germany were all over the place for the majority of the first half, and there were warning signs within the early minutes when Mexico managed to get a few opportunities away.

    Joachim Low’s side were playing far too high of a line, and with the pace in the Mexican side, they completed exploited that throughout.

    Germany’s midfield was completely non-existent which certainly did not help the problem.

    Javier Hernandez had a few opportunities to put his side ahead, but he didn’t have the composure when needed.

    Lozano on the other hand didn’t panic and took his opportunity with both hands in the 35th minute. With that, his side took a well-deserved 1-0 lead into the break.

    In the second half, Germany huffed and puffed, but they couldn’t break down a stubborn Mexican side that played on the break to perfection.

    They had no choice but to chase the game, and with that, played an even higher line.

    There were certainly plenty of nervy moments for Mexico as there is no denying that Low’s side were the better of the two in the second half, but they couldn’t find a way to get that equaliser they desperately needed.

    Julian Brandt came the closest with a rocket from outside the box, but it was just wide.

    Despite Germany’s dominance in the second half, Mexico had more than enough chances to bury the game through the likes of Hernandez, but they just weren’t efficient enough going forward, and that is somewhere they will need to improve.

    Mexico have always had the ability to surprise, and only one game in, they’re at it again. Who knows what this will do for them going forward, but their style of play could really go far.

    Sitting deep and utilising their pace against a team that played a high line worked superbly for them. The deeper they get in the tournament, the more they can play like that as they will play better sides, and with that, sides who will want to play football against them like Germany did.

    Germany will no doubt still be feeling confident they can get out of the group with games against Sweden and Korea Republic to come, but this is a little bit of a blow to the confidence of the depending champions.

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    • June 18th 2018 @ 3:56am
      MH01 said | June 18th 2018 @ 3:56am | ! Report

      Very interesting that Germany did not adjust given how many times Mexico got the breaks on the counter . It could have been a blow out if some of the Mexican passes came earlier when they had a man or two advantage .

    • June 18th 2018 @ 6:32am
      Kurt said | June 18th 2018 @ 6:32am | ! Report

      whats the deal with VAR?

    • June 18th 2018 @ 7:06am
      Kurt said | June 18th 2018 @ 7:06am | ! Report

      Geez Germany were bad. How many times did they give the ball away in a dangerous position particularly in the first half? Most un Mannschaft like.

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      June 18th 2018 @ 9:30am
      AdelaideDocker said | June 18th 2018 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      Damn. This is not what I expected.

    • June 18th 2018 @ 9:39am
      AGO74 said | June 18th 2018 @ 9:39am | ! Report

      Jogi Low will be really picking his nose – I mean scratching his head after that match. Well done Mexico. Some big names dropping points early in Brazil, Germany and Argentina. Almost able to throw France into that lot (damn it).

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        June 18th 2018 @ 10:35am
        parkhacker said | June 18th 2018 @ 10:35am | ! Report

        He is a dead set grub maybe did he not have breakfast that morning and is hungry.Somebody buy him a packet of chewing gum so he keeps his fingers out of his nose.Does he not realise he is on world tv with millions watching.Germany were terrible had plenty of shots could not put the ball in the back of the net.Congrats to Mexico you took it to them and got 3 points

    • June 18th 2018 @ 10:39am
      MQ said | June 18th 2018 @ 10:39am | ! Report

      It would be wrong for anyone to think that Mexico won because Germany was off its game. The opening half hour was frenetic, and nobody can deny time and space like a ruthless Germany, but Mexico found a way, I’m pretty confident very few nations in the WC would have done the same.

      In the second half, Mexico rode its luck with nine in defence, and were bombarded, but still managed a few openings as Germany pushed forward.

      The thing I liked about Mexico is that on top of their undoubted skill and quality, they played with plenty of steel when it mattered, which is what you need to succeed in the World Cup.

      Mark them to go very deep.

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