World Champions Germany Begin World Cup With Shock Loss
2018 FIFA World Cup Match Report: Germany v Mexico, 17 June 2018
Full Time: Germany 0-1 Mexico
Date: 17 June 2018
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium
Mexico shocked the world after beating the defending champions Germany 1-0 in their opening Group F match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
German started brightly with Timo Werner breaking through on goal in the third minute, but he fired his ten-yard shot from an acute angle into the side-netting.
Mexico took control after that and looked the more dangerous team on attack with Manuel Neuer pulling off a great save to deny Hector Herrera from long range in the 11th minute.
Three minutes later Neuer had to be at his best yet again with another fantastic save after Hector Moreno met a right-sided cross into the box with a strong header.
The North Americans continued to press and were rewarded in the 35th minute after swift counter-attack concluded with Hirving Lozano firing home from 14-yards out, 1-0.
Germany almost hit back four minutes later when Toni Kroos tried his luck from a 22-yard free-kick, but his effort was tipped onto the post by the Mexican keeper.
The half ended 1-0 in favour of Mexico.
Germany dominated the second half proceeding, but they couldn’t find the final touch that would lead to a goal.
The European side came within inches of levelling matters in the 65th minute when Joshua Kimmich met a right-sided cross with an overhead-kick, but his 14-yard effort shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.
Ten minutes later Kroos went close as well for Germany when he fired a shot from the edge of the box centimetres wide of the post with the keeper beaten.
Germany threw players forward in the dying minutes of the match, but Mexico defended for their lives and held on for a famous 1-0 win.