Mexico stun World Cup holders Germany

Mexico stunned World Cup holders Germany in their opening game of the tournament by beating the German’s 1-0 in Moscow.

Germany v Mexico World Cup 2018
Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game to claim three points for Mexico against holders Germany

PSV winger Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game for Mexico in the first-half which inflicted an opening day World Cup defeat on Germany, they’re first since the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

The Mexican’s produced some breathtaking counter attacking and one-touch football in the first half which the Germans failed to control.

Joachim Low’s side looked disjointed and vulnerable on the break and in the 35th minute a break for the Mexican which saw West Ham striker play a quick one-two before passing to goalscoring Lozano who cut inside Mesut Ozil to fire past German keeper Manuel Neuer.

Toni Kroos almost got the Germans back in the game a few minutes later when his clever free-kick was tipped onto the bar by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa.

The Central Americans went into the half-time break with a 1-0 deserved lead.

In the second-half, the Germans came out with more intent by pushing the Mexicans back into their own half for most of the game.

However, the Mexicans sat backed and soaked up the pressure and dealt with the German bombardment very well by creating their own chances on the counter-attack. But for some bad finishing, the Germans should have lost by a bigger deficit.

As the last throw of the dice, Joachim Low brought on Mario Gomez and Julian Brandt to try and force the equaliser. And the gamble almost paid off when Brandt latched onto a loose ball with his fierce shot cannoning off the outside of the post in the dying minutes.

Germany now head into their next game with Sweden needing to get all three points, otherwise, they will find themselves heading home early from Russia.