Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Quake felt as Mexico football fans celebrate win over Germany

Quake felt as Mexico football fans celebrate win over Germany

The earth moved for football fans in Mexico City on Sunday night as Mexico's 1-0 World Cup upset win over defending champion Germany appeared to have caused a seismic event.

It took Mexico 56 years to win a World Cup opener - their victory coming at the ninth attempt on home soil at Mexico 1986. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio and the players have stated they are up to the challenge and are not afraid.

Hirving Lozano struck the only goal of the Group F clash, but Mexico wasted numerous chances on the break to record an even larger margin of victory.

Wave after wave of decisive long passes across a midfield left largely vacant by Germany, and pace that exposed Joshua Kimmich and Hummels a couple of times gave the Mexicans ample opportunities to score in the first half. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than flawless pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted past Manuel Neuer. "We have three matches and ample opportunities to correct this result". "Everybody is really unhappy and crestfallen but we have to put this behind us", said Low.

"Nobody can tell us not to dream", Ochoa said. "Our team has experience of losses". Their service includes Fox Sports 1, Fox and Telemundo (in most markets) so you can stream the game with English or Spanish commentary. "We have to win".

Brazil also suffered a 0-0 draw against Scotland but beating Zaire ensured they progressed to the second group stage, from which they had to settle for a spot in the third place pay-off. There is a growing realisation both at Bayern Munich and Germany, that the pairing of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng may not be as effective anymore.

Before the tournament, Joachim Low had spoken about the difficulties of retaining a World Cup.

Loew threw on Marco Reus in place of Sami Khedira and, with 10 minutes to go, switched left-back Marvin Plattenhardt for a second striker, Mario Gomez, to reinforce Timo Werner, who had failed to make much of a mark in the German spearhead.

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Loew probably had said a lot to his team at half-time and it showed with Germany pushing hard against Mexico in the second half.

"What happened hey, what happened hey, to the Germany that was going to beat us today?" the crowd chanted as the final score became apparent.

But it was not to be.

Mexico know they are not favourites, but a good performance would be a strong statement to start the World Cup.

However, qualification is no certainty now as Sweden and South Korea are no pushovers.

But their reputation is not what it was.

Mexico had never beaten Germany in a competitive match but was transformed from the team which lost to the Germans 4-1 in last year's Confederations Cup, conceding twice in the opening eight minutes.

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