Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Mexico fans trigger quake with celebration after goal against Germany

Mexico fans trigger quake with celebration after goal against Germany

Mexico's defender Hector Moreno (L) and Germany's forward Thomas Mueller (2L) vie for the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 17, 2018.

Toni Kroos and Khedira will dominate the midfield and keep possession of the ball and Manuel Neuer will secure the goal.

"It was a very important game for Mexican football, for Mexican history because starting the World Cup against the world champion and winning three points was something that very few people expected", said Ochoa after the game.

Germany hadn't been smooth in pre-World Cup friendlies and carried over that form to the first game of the tournament.

"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. Mexico has lost six straight knockout matches. "It's a situation we're not used to at all". Germany are one of the most accomplished teams in Europe. Being the Defending Champions, Germany are expected to overcome all hurdles and easily clear the group.

Germany will still be expected to recover and progress from Group F, but Joachim Low's side will have to perform much better in their remaining games against Sweden and South Korea.

"It's an unfamiliar situation", he said, while insisting the team "has enough experience to not go under with one defeat". "We played without fear and my team-mates were incredible".

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"We will not change our gameplan".

"We will not change our match plan because if we are able to play out our ideas then we have players who can deliver". In an end-to-end game, the Mexicans showed nerves of steel, passing from the back even when under pressure and asking Germany all sorts of questions.

Joshua Kimmich was among the threats for the Germans, after almost scoring an acrobatic bicycle kick off of a low cross from Jerome Boateng.

Mexico found themselves in similar situations, often on the desirable end of a 2-on-1 or a 3-on-2 positions but for the final pass to let them down.

Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning break before finding a charging Lozano, who cut inside a covering Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer's near post to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico support. "It's great to start on the right foot when you are playing the reigning world champions".

Germany, meanwhile, had 26 shots without causing Guillermo Ochoa too many problems, although the Mexico goalkeeper made nine saves in keeping a memorable clean sheet.

Analysts such as RTE's Didi Hamann had previously suggested that a relative lack of leadership could be Germany's undoing at these finals, and that looks as though it might turn out to be the case.

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