Mexico fans set off natural disaster detectors celebrating World Cup win over Germany

Rosalie Gross
June 18, 2018

"Mexico totally deserves the victory, Germany totally deserves the defeat", Mourinho told RT after Hirving Lozano's first-half goal gave the Mexicans a 1-0 win at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium to get their World Cup campaign off to the flawless start. "In many previous tournaments we've always won the first match but we have to accept it".

Mexico's top global scorer, Javier Hernandez, may not be an automatic starter these days but his speed will come in handy for Juan Carlos Osorio's team. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who looked shaky early on, sent a long through ball forward for Lozano, racing into the box on the left wing.

Lozano, on the counter, was the hero on the day in attack, beating Manuel Neuer.

Germany, meanwhile, had 26 shots without causing Guillermo Ochoa too many problems, although the Mexico goalkeeper made nine saves in keeping a memorable clean sheet.

"The phrase today was: to play for the love of winning, not for the fear of losing", Osorio said.

"It's an unfamiliar situation", he said, while insisting the team "has enough experience to not go under with one defeat".

In terms of game play, this was reminiscent of Germany's Round of 16 clash against Algeria four years ago.

Finishing second in the group could well mean facing Brazil rather than Switzerland or Serbia in the next round.

President Enrique Pena Nieto joined the party, saying on Twitter: "Confirmed: Mexico competes and wins against the best in the world, Congratulations to @miseleccionmx!"

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Mexico had never beaten Germany in a competitive match but was transformed from the team which lost to the Germans 4-1 in last year's Confederations Cup, conceding twice in the opening eight minutes.

Loew threw on Marco Reus in place of Sami Khedira and, with 10 minutes to go, yet another striker in Mario Gomez, to reinforce Timo Werner, who had failed to make much of a mark.

In the city's massive main square, families in Mexican football jerseys had watched on a giant screen in front of a towering cathedral as Mexico beat Germany 1-0 in Moscow.

Youngster Julian Brandt almost saved Loew's night in the final minutes when he blasted a shot past Ochoa's right post.

Mexico know they are not favourites, but a good performance would be a strong statement to start the World Cup.

Mexico's next opponent is South Korea before facing Sweden, which Osorio called "a tough nut to crack".

But their reputation is not what it was.

Serbia, which missed out on the 2014 World Cup, had the early advantage in a tough group in Russian Federation that includes five-time champion Brazil and Switzerland. 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.

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