Germany 0 Mexico 1: Lozano stuns woeful reigning champion

Marco Reus Germany 2018

Marco Reus Germany 2018

Mexico stunned reigning champions Germany with a 1-0 win in their World Cup 2018 clash , with Hirving "Chucky" Lozano's goal causing an quake back home.

The defending champions Germany will play their first World Cup match this year on Sunday, and they will be up against enthusiastic Mexico. But during the 35th minute of the game, a attractive goal from Mexico's Hirving Lozano put the score at 1-0, Mexico.

The reaction from Juan Carlos Osorio to being told that an natural disaster had registered in Mexico City amid the celebrations for Hirving Lozano's winning goal against Germany told you everything about why this perhaps should not register quite so highly on the Richter scale of World Cup upsets.

Germany and Mexico have played each other three times during World Cup play with the Germans reigning triumphant on all three occasions.

Germany is bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962.

A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Loew took over as coach in 2006.

Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring the opening goal. "We did our best today and we have to keep on the same path".

Mexico supporters outnumbered Germany fans at the Luzhniki Stadium and made nearly all of the noise, roaring their team forward.

The half ended 1-0 in favour of Mexico. "We are aware that we need to improve our game", 2014 World Cup victor Toni Kroos said this week.

"It is disappointing to have lost the first match, it's a situation we are not used to at all".

"In the second half we were able to press more, but Mexico drew back and then carried the ball forward fast". Chicharito played Hirving Lozano into the box on the left channel, and the PSV winger looked to have a clear close-range look until Jerome Boateng came up with a well-timed slide tackle to block the chance.

Neuer, who started his first competitive game since September, said Germany is aware that another loss would end its World Cup run.

The Germans now face Sweden and South Korea and should still qualify from Group F. But their reputation is not what it was.

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