World Cup holders Germany crash to Mexico defeat


Information 17 Jun 2018, 22:47 IST


Moscow, Jun 17 (AFP) Defending champions Germany crashed to the primary defeat of their opening recreation of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano’s scientific end earned Mexico a shock 1-Zero victory right here immediately.

The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven ahead struck the winner on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack on the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for simply the second time in historical past.

Germany’s preparations for the match have been stricken by poor outcomes and controversy, and their issues have been magnified within the Russian capital, leaving their proud document of by no means being eradicated within the group stage of a World Cup already at risk.

Joachim Loew began eight of the 9 2014 World Cup winners in his squad, with Mesut Ozil getting back from a knee damage and Manuel Neuer again in objective following his prolonged absence for the Group F conflict.

Jerome Boateng’s build-up to the finals was additionally hampered by a groin damage, however the Bayern Munich centre-back was on the alert inside 60 seconds to thrust himself desperately in entrance of a Lozano effort.

A remarkably open begin noticed Timo Werner dash in behind the Mexico defence earlier than dragging throughout the face of objective, whereas Mats Hummels shot straight at Guillermo Ochoa after a botched clearance.

Neuer held properly twice in fast succession, first from a long-range Hector Herrera strike after which once more to maintain out Hector Moreno’s header, as Mexico attacked the Germany backline with regularity.

Carlos Salcedo almost diverted a teasing cross into his personal internet, whereas Timo Werner hit tamely at Ochoa when an umarked Julian Draxler appeared the higher choice.

Mexico continued to threaten, Miguel Layun narrowly unable to latch onto a by means of ball, however their objective arrived 10 minutes earlier than the break as Germany have been once more sliced aside.

After Sami Khedira misplaced possession, Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning counter earlier than discovering a charging Lozano, who minimize inside a overlaying Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer’s close to publish to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico assist.

Germany hit again, Toni Kroos rattling the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick that wanted the fingertips of a scrambling Ochoa to maintain it out, however Mexico barely clung on to their benefit.

Marco Reus was launched on the hour as Loew sought to invigorate a struggling aspect, whereas 39-year-old Rafael Marquez turned simply the third participant to function at 5 World Cups as he was introduced on the tighten Mexico’s defence.

Joshua Kimmich’s acrobatic overhead kick looped onto the roof of the web, with substitute Edson Alvarez then blocking bravely to thwart Draxler.

Reus additionally hammered a volley over from a slim angle earlier than a frenetic finale noticed Julian Brandt, simply on for Werner, smack the surface of the publish with a thunderous effort from 20 yards.

One determined final assault had Neuer come up for a nook, however a towering header from the veteran Marquez and subsequent declare from Ochoa allowed Mexico to shut out an unforgettable triumph

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