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Mexico stun champions Germany 1-0 in World Cup opener

Mexico stun champions Germany 1-0 in World Cup opener

But given the Germans' stellar tournament record with at least a semi-final spot in each of the last four World Cups, few would risk betting against them being ready on Sunday, especially after crushing Mexico 4-1 in last year's Confederations Cup.

The Germans are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962, but have now won only one of their last seven games in all competitions.

But despite the loss - the first for a German team in a World Cup opener since 1982 - coach Joachim Low remains confident that his side will progress to the knockout stage in Russian Federation.

Well, how wrong we were, as Hirving Lozano's stunning counter attack goal against Germany has shown. "We did our best today and we have to keep on the same path".

The reigning world champions looked disjointed and unable to deal with El Tri's fast, fluid football in the first half, culminating in Hirving Lozano's 35th-minute goal on the break.

Germany coach Joachim Loew did not mince his words, saying: "We played very badly".

"Mexico deserved to win and we made it too easy for them, even though we knew exactly how not to play against them".

It was, however, to be their day, with a stunning 1-0 success getting them off to the best possible start at Russian Federation 2018.

Nonetheless, Low had no doubt that the team would not fall apart and would respond to the pressure, with Toni Kroos admitting the team would have to put things right ahead of their next match, a June 23 clash with Sweden.

Osorio said he tried to shield the players from the criticism which has come his way so they could concentrate exclusively on the match.

"We were nervous and we weren't playing the game we wanted to play", Loew said.

With key players tiring in the second half, Mexico pulled back and substituted both Lozano and Carlos Vela.

"It's pretty simple: we played like we did against Saudi Arabia, but this time it was against a better opponent", fumed the Bayern Munich player, who was booked for a foul in the dying stages.

Elsewhere Manuel Neuer continues his road to recovery after featuring in his first game for eight months against Austria earlier this month, and he makes the final cut for Germany, starting between the sticks in his 77th appearance for the national side.


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