Mexico stun champions Germany 1-0 in World Cup opener

Mexico stun champions Germany 1-0 in World Cup opener

The tie was decided by an emphatic strike from PSV Eindhoven's Hirving Lozano, who finished off a swift counter-attack with a cool finish midway through the first-half.

Defending Champions Germany were stunned by a resilient Mexican team who ran out 1-0 winners in the opening match of the group.

"We will draw our lessons from this defeat and will do it better next time", the 58-year-old said.

"Indeed it is disappointing to have lost the first match, it's a situation we are not used to at all, in the many tournaments before we always won the first match but we have to accept this situation".

And if they finish runners-up in Group F, Germany could be on course to face Brazil in a daunting second-round match-up.

Loew said while he was not planning to overhaul his plans for the remaining Group F matches against Sweden and South Korea, his team would bounce back.

"We're under pressure now, no question, we have to get six points", he said.

Those strengths are their attacking game and solid defence and both were painfully missing from their game against the Mexicans, who caught them on the break seemingly at will. "We have our style in the Mexican national team, and we're going to match up their game".

The teams were divided into eight groups, with four in each, and the top two from their relevant groups will proceed to the next round, known as the playoffs or the knockout stage, to keep vying for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.

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"We have three matches in the group phase and we have ample opportunities to correct this result".

"Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome (Boateng) and I at the back".

After a remarkably open start, Mexico struck the decisive blow 10 minutes before half-time after Sami Khedira lost possession in the opposition half. However, all that changed when young striker Hirving Lozano latched on to Chicharito's pass before beating Mesut Ozil and followed up with a shot that beat Manuel Neuer from 14 yards to send the Mexicans into raptures. "I think we're the only ones who believed in ourselves", midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos said. "We will make it".

"It's great to start on the right foot when you're playing against the world champions".

Germany pressed in the second half but struggled to find the target and Osorio bolstered his lines, pulling off Lozano and, with a quarter-hour left, sending on 39-year-old defender Rafael Marquez to become the third man ever to play in five World Cups.

One desperate last attack then had Neuer come up for a corner before Mexico closed out an unforgettable triumph.

Juan Carlos Osorio's side had other ideas, however, holding their own against the favourites' fearsome but slowing midfield and finding space at the back and seeking to end 33 years without a win against Germany.

"We showed we have a bright future and I am very satisfied with what we did".

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