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|Germany 0-1 Mexico: World Cup holders suffer shock loss in Group F opener
| sbo333 Germany's defence of the World Cup started with defeat as Mexico secured a pulsating 1-0 victory in Moscow on Sunday.Hirving Lozano finished off a flowing counter-attack with a low close-range strike in the first half to put his team in command of Group F and settle a thriller at the Luzhniki Stadium.Germany have only ever lost the opening match of a World Cup once before - to Algeria in 1982 - and must now bounce back against Sweden and South Korea if they are to reach the knock-out stages.
Meanwhile, there were wild celebrations from the Mexican players as they enjoyed their first ever competitive victory over Germany.Mexico's success was built upon a super first-half display. A last-ditch tackle from Jerome Boateng was required to deny Lozano a second-minute opener and their three vibrant forwards were a constant threat on the break.Their 35th-minute goal was well deserved. Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado exchanged passes before finding Lozano in space on the left of the area and the PSV forward cut inside Mesut Ozil in the right-back position, took a touch and drilled low past Manuel Neuer.
sbo333 Toni Kroos might have levelled four minutes later, but his free-kick was pushed onto the bar by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and Mexico could have extended their lead 12 minutes after half-time, but Hernandez failed to pick out Vela in a two-on-two counter-attack.Both Vela and Lozano were substituted and 39-year-old Rafael Marquez came on to appear in his fifth World Cup as Mexico adopted a more defensive approach in the final 30 minutes of the game, and Germany piled on the pressure late on.
Joshua Kimmich's overhead kick, Timo Werner's far-post volley and Kroos' long-range strike tested the nerves of the Mexican supporters before substitute Mario Gomez headed wide a simple chance with two minutes to play.Julian Brandt clipped the outside of the post in the final minute of a wonderfully tense encounter, but Mexico held on for a famous win which leaves the world champions, who would likely face Brazil in the last 16 if they finish second in the group, battling to qualify and keep alive their hopes of winning back-to-back World Cups. sbo333