Mexico arguably provided a blueprint on how to beat Germany, and they could have won by more if they had taken their chances.
Mexico left defending champions Germany exhausted and beaten in the first major upset at the 2018 World Cup.
Lozano, a 22-year-old forward from the Dutch league nicknamed "Chucky", got Mexico going with a deflected shot over the bar in the first minute. Leon Goretzka scored twice in the opening eight minutes. Coach Osorio had stated ahead of the game that his team would go toe-to-toe with Germany because he believed in his team and especially the midfielders.
After his woeful display, it will be interesting to see whether Joachim Low acts and brings in one of Ilkay Gundogan or Leon Goretzka for their second game vs Sweden. The last time Mexico saw a World Cup quarterfinal was 1986 when it hosted the competition.
Once that hour mark had passed, Germany took over with Mexico content to keep men behind the ball. Germany are reinforced with young blood with quick feet, tricks and flicks under their belt, the right balance of experienced and world class players in their varsity, fully equipped to become World Champions again.
Moreno got a yellow card for timewasting as half-time approached, but Germany were suddenly looking ragged, with passes going astray as they tried to make headway around the Mexico area.
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