Five Things We Learned From Germany’s Surprise Defeat To Mexico

Mexico players listen to Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio left during Mexico's official training on the eve of the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow Russia Saturday June 1

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Long used to the dominance of their national team, Germans are digesting their team's first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years and wondering what will come next.

Germany came into Russian Federation 2018 tipped as favorites by many, looking to become the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962. The Lozano goal prompted what Mexican authorities claimed was a minor quake in the Mexico City area, probably prompted by the entire city jumping into the air and landing at the same time.

After speculation that Mesut Ozil would be dropped for Germany's clash against Mexico, Joachim Low gives playmaker the nod.

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.

"It's great to start on the right foot, against the reigning world champions", 22-year-old Lozano said.

"I don't know if it's the biggest win in (Mexico's) history but doubtless it is one of the biggest for sure", Lozano said.

Mexico's top worldwide scorer, Javier Hernandez, may not be an automatic starter these days but his speed will come in handy for Juan Carlos Osorio's team.

The German coach was quite disappointed at the turn of events and openly admitted that he had gravely underestimated Mexico.

"The pressure is all on me so they can go out and enjoy their football", he said.

Much has changed since Germany's last FIFA World Cup™ appearance.

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Hirving Lozano stunned Germany as he broke the deadlock in Mexico's opening match in Russian Federation against Joachim Low's lacklustre side on Sunday afternoon. "With all respect, I think in the first half of the match that we were the superior team".

Germany's Toni Kroos threatened to level the score four minutes later, but his 25-yard free kick crashed off the crossbar.

"Mexico broke five or six times in the first half and they had two or three opportunities in the second half when just the final pass was lacking for them", former England captain Alan Shearer told the BBC.

All eyes will be on West Ham striker Javier Hernandez who has a trio of World Cup goals to his name in two tournaments. They performed really well on their qualifying campaign as they faced just one defeat in 16 matches.

The Germans now face Sweden and South Korea and should still qualify from Group F. But their reputation is not what it was.

This wasn't a wake-up call, but the outcome of letting their opponents come all guns blazing.

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

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.

"Germany have to return to what they were doing before".

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