Germany v Mexico, 17 June 2018

Posted June 18, 2018

Defending champions Germany crashed to the first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano's clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory on Sunday.The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the victor on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history.

Germany qualified for the tournament with a flawless record of 10 games played, 10 games won. 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.

Germany's Mesut Ozil, tracking back on defense, caught Lozano from behind so the Mexican pulled the ball back with his left foot, spun around Ozil and put a hard-footed right-footed shot in at the near post.

"Our motto was play with the love of winning and not the fear of losing", Osorio said.

Despite recent mixed results in friendlies, this is a strong team that can score plenty of goals and is strong in the back.

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"If we go on like this, I'll be anxious", he added. "We have often proved that we are there when it starts", Kroos said.

They looked to test Ochoa twice in quick succession from distance early in the second half, but failed to trouble the Mexican keeper.

And when Rafael Marquez came on in the 74th minute he made history too, tying a record by playing in his fifth World Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Germany vs Mexico will kick off at 8:30 pm IST on Saturday.

As such, many had expected Sunday's Group F opener to be a supremely one-sided affair, with Mexico expected to be mildly competitive at best.

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Neuer's counterpart, Guillermo Ochoa, then took his turn making a pair of saves, including on a turn-and-fire from Werner in the 20th minute.

But it was not to be.

Mexico may been a long way from home, but it was clearly the home team in its World Cup opener.

"They are the best team in the world", goalscorer Lozano said, describing his strike as "the best goal of my life".

"We are now under pressure".

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It will be a stiff test for Mexico, who is looking to break the curse of six-straight tournaments in which it was unable to get out of the Round of 16.