“In Football, it just doesn’t matter who is favorites”. This match was a testimony to that quote reiterated by several football fans, coaches and players. The Current World Champions have lost their opening match to Mexico. This start is a reminder of Spain’s campaign in 2014, when they came into the tournament as title holders but failed to go beyond the group stages.
The First half of the match was full of free flowing football, with Mexico’s Carlos Vela continuously teasing the German defense from the left and the German’s too had plenty of shots on target (8) as opposed to Mexico’s (9) out which the Germans were more precise with 5 shots on target and Mexico’s 4.
However, it was Mexico who took the lead through Lozano’s fine 35th-minute goal and they deserved it. In pulsating end-to-end game at the first 45 minutes mark, it was Mexico have been quicker and more positive throughout.
In the second half, the Germans tried all they could to salvage a win or equalize but all their efforts went in vain as Mexican’s were very compact and only chose to play on the counter, coming close to scoring on several occasions.
PSV striker Hirving Lozano finished off a flowing counter-attack with a low close-range finish in the 35th minute to put his team in command of Group F after the opening match.
The German, Joachim Low was in agony at full-time, all the players seemed very disappointing with the turn of the game. The Germans now have it all to do against Sweden and South Korea.
This fixture was not the first upset, Argentina’s draw against Iceland was also a major upset of the tournament.