Vintage Mexico stun defending Champions, Germany

Vintage Mexico stun defending Champions, Germany

Vintage Mexico stun defending Champions, Germany

Here are three thoughts from the stadium.

The defending World Cup champs are at the bottom of the Group F table after dropping their opener to Mexico 1-0.

"We shouldn't underestimate them, even if it was a clear win at the Confederations Cup a year ago". He struck low and hard for the goal of glory which many Mexicans will remember for years.

Mexico arguably provided a blueprint on how to beat Germany, and they could have won by more if they had taken their chances. 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.

Rather than get a nose bleed, Lozano was as cool as a cucumber, cutting inside and rifling the ball past a hapless Manuel Neuer.

Mexico came flying out of the blocks.

Welp, that didn't go as planned for Germany. Hector Herrera - who had to leave camp only 10 days ago due to family issues - was inspired, furthering the idea that the 28-year-old could comfortably play at a higher level than the Portugal first division.

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Germany responded through Joshua Kimmich - whose cross was nearly diverted into his own net by Carlos Salcedo - before Werner hit a shot on the turn too close to Guillermo Ochoa. Hirving Lozano will be one player to watch for Mexico in the tournament.

And after a run of 25 starts for Germany in all major competitions - the only player now on such a run - he will continue that remarkable record in the starting XI, despite concerns that he would be benched.

German started brightly with Timo Werner breaking through on goal in the third minute, but he fired his ten-yard shot from an acute angle into the side-netting.

Guillermo Ochoa was huge in goal for El Tri as well, making save after save to keep the mighty Germans out.

After the break, Germany took control.

Ten minutes later Kroos went close as well for Germany when he fired a shot from the edge of the box centimetres wide of the post with the keeper beaten.

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