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Mexico stuns champions Germany in major upset

19 Juin 2018

Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm on Monday labelled his country's shock defeat by Mexico as "a minor setback" that could help unite the players in their common goal to defend their World Cup title.

What seemed like fantasy is now possible.

But Hirving Lozano scored the lone goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez's pass inside the penalty area and beating Mesut Ozil before shooting past Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.

Juan Carlos Osorio's men have played some brilliant football against lesser opposition but crumbled in the face of more quality ones. He pounded a fist over his heart over and over, then raised those arms a few more times.

"This victory matters because it gives us the opportunity to express the joy we all carry inside as Mexicans, which we were unable to release and express due to all the bad news, the politics [and] the natural disasters", Lucía Colunga said.

North American soccer has always been magnitudes below Europe and South America's best.

Attention is now turning to England, who are set to play against Tunisia in their first 2018 World Cup fixture later today.

"The team has experience dealing with losses".

However, the fleet-footed Mexicans exposed Boateng's lack of pace, while Hummels was on the halfway line when the attack started that led to Lozano's winning goal. Mexican fans celebrated so hard that they literally shook the Earth.

Coach Joachim Loew's team have managed just one win in their last six internationals - a lacklustre 2-1 win over lowly Saudi Arabia in the final warm-up game last week - and only kept one clean sheet.

Loew looked trendy cool in black trousers, black T-shirt and white sneakers, and Osorio resembled an academic in a white dress shirt with sleeves rolled up.

Hummels was careful not to discuss too many specifics in his assessment.

Osorio survived calls for his head after his team were thrashed 7-0 by Chile at the Copa America Centenario two years ago.

Getting to that fifth game is a key.

Germany, a tournament co-favorite with Brazil, must earn at least four points from the last two group matches to avoid first-round elimination for the first time since 1938.

Defending champions Germany went up against Mexico during their group stage opener and lost.

Not to suggest that they are now the favourites to win this group now, but they'll certainly feel as though they have a serious chance to go from here and take charge of this pool and emerge on top.

Germany showed numerous fault lines that had been there for all to see in recent games, and Mexico had obviously been doing their homework as they exploited them again and again and should have scored more goals. They knew Germany right-back Joshua Kimmich likes to bomb forward and leaves space behind so they built up their attacks from that side with Lozano finding a lot of joy down there.

Mexico stuns champions Germany in major upset