Mexico stun holders Germany 1-0 in World Cup opener

World Cup 2018 Germany vs Mexico Troubled Germany Look To Make A Statement Against Experienced Mexico

As for Germany, they suffered their first World Cup finals defeat since the 2010 semi-final against Spain.

With much of the 78,011 backing them, the Mexicans were unfazed by the four-time world champions and were the superior side in the first half. Juan Carlos Osorio's side were confident, brave, and were full value for their result.

Mexico has a rich soccer tradition, but major victories - and advancement - in the World Cup have been elusive.

Being defending champions can bring it's own brand of pressure. Also showing the World Cup this year, the Spanish language NBCUniversal-owned outlet does not cover all of the 56 markets that make up the early metric, but you can be damn sure Telemundo had a lot of eyeballs all over the country watching the action out of Moscow yesterday. "In the last World Cup we played against Brazil, and now playing against the world champion like Germany, with the players it has, is never easy".

And "more subtly, he asked Carlos Vela to drop a little deeper than normal, to prevent Germany midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos from settling into a rhythm".

Should Germany change their midfield?

It wasn't Low's only call to backfire.

Osorio said his team focused on hitting the Germans with counter attacks, having practiced holding the back with four defenders and allowing three players to remain up front.

"The phrase today was to play for the love of winning, not for the fear of losing", Osorio said through a translator.

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In reply to that, Osario introduced former Barcelona man Rafael Marquez, who played in his fifth World Cup aged 39, to add robustness at the back.

'We can compete with them.

The Germans, who managed 26 shots at goal during the game, did not give goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa too many problems, and Hummels feels that his team did not learn from their mistakes in their warm-up match against Saudi Arabia before the tournament started. In the second we knew well that Germany have an outstanding team. "Yesterday we practiced defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that was how we nearly got the second goal today".

He doesn't share the doll's red hair or penchant for jeans, but got the name as a young player at Mexican club Pachuca when he played pranks by hiding under teammates' beds.

However, when they faced off with Mexico, things didn't go as planned for them.

The Europeans were also very lethargic in attack, devoid of ideas and execution. And that's when Mexico started to weave their way through the German defence.

"Mexico deserved the win", Hummels conceded.

Mexico pulled back into a more defensive formation midway through the second half as key players exhausted and had to withstand heavy pressure from Germany. "In the second half, we were better, Mexico got exhausted, but we did not score, although there were enough chances for at least one", he added.

Their opponents didn't have to defend out of their skins to strangulate Germany, as the holders passed it around in the final third quite a bit without managing to play the killer pass even once. "But Germany had no plan B, no clear chances and no defensive intelligence".

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