Mexico Shocks Germany 2018 FIFA world cup
Hirving Lozano was the hero for Mexico as he scored the winner. Germany had the majority of possession in the second half where they were chasing the game but Mexican defenders stood like a rock and successfully defended the slender lead.
Lozano’s strike had helped Mexico take a 1-0 lead over defending champions Germany at halftime. The first half saw a flurry of chances fall for both Germany and Mexico.
However, it was Lozano’s perfectly taken shot that gave Mexico the lead in the 35th minute. Germany’s Toni Kroos struck a fine free-kick that was brilliantly saved by Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
Germany came out all guns blazing in the second half, in search of the equaliser, but failed to penetrate Mexican defence as they suffered a 0-1 defeat in their opening Group F match. Hirving Lozano’s brilliant goal in the 35th minute gave Mexico a 1-0 lead at half-time break, and they defended the solitary goal till the end to register a memorable victory over the four-time champions.
Germany, the defending World Cup champion, has won the tournament four times, and was expected to seriously challenge for a fifth crown in Russia. But the Germans seemed flummoxed by the Mexicans’ speed and directness in the first half, and they couldn’t find a reply to Lozano’s goal.
The largely pro-Mexican crowd willed their team to victory in the final 20 minutes, when they gave up theinitiative but never surrendered.
put off by Mexico’s initiative, its willingness to attack in numbers and, perhaps most important, by its speed.
Lozano’s goal was the product of one such burst in the 35th minute. Led wide, and forward, by a pass from striker Javier Hernandez, Lozano turned Germany right back Joshua Kimmich inside out as he cut into the penalty area and pulled a right-footed shot inside goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s right post.
Germany will have work to do now, with games against Sweden and South Korea to come. But it has given up the wheel in the group to Mexico, which arrived in Russia with its most talented, most experienced, most highly regarded team in years. It surely now feels anything must be possible.