Mexico stun holders Germany 1-0 in World Cup opener

1:25                                            Joshua Kimmich knows Mexico have the quality to hurt Germany after facing them in last year's Confederations Cup
1:25 Joshua Kimmich knows Mexico have the quality to hurt Germany after facing them in last year's Confederations Cup
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18 June, 2018

After Lozano's goal, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a spectacular save to keep the score level, palming Toni Kroos' shot onto the crossbar.

This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the reigning champions have failed to win their opening match - Italy drew 1-1 with Paraguay in 2010, while Spain lost 5-1 against the Netherlands in 2014.

Even though Germany outshot Mexico 25-12, had 61 percent possession and completed 519 passes to Mexico's 224, El Tri was the most risky team for much of the night. Below are some reactions to Mexico's first world cup win. In the second we knew full well that Germany have an outstanding team.

After Sami Khedira lost possession, Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning counter before finding a charging Lozano, who cut inside a covering Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer's near post to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico support.

"There will always be obstacles to overcome and in the next match we have to be much better".

The first half proved decisive.

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"We were nervous and we weren't playing the game we wanted to play, " Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "We played with bravery when it was needed, and we also defended with all our hearts". In an end-to-end game, the Mexicans showed nerves of steel, passing from the back even when under pressure and asking Germany all sorts of questions.

Try our World Cup Quiz! More reliance was on speed and movement on the counterattack.

"We prepared for the use of Mario Gomez up front". "Everybody in Mexico wants that fifth game".

Spectators watched the match on a big TV screen in the central Zocalo square and after the game, they converged around the iconic Angel of Independence monument waving Mexico flags.

German newspaper Die Welt took a swipe at Mexico today in the name of World Cup soccer, publishing a somewhat inflammatory headline about what Germany would do to them on the pitch by alluding to US President Donald Trump's plans for a barrier on the border.

One desperate last attack had Neuer come up for a corner, but a towering header from the veteran Marquez and subsequent claim from Ochoa allowed Mexico to close out an unforgettable triumph.


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