Mexico - World Cup - 17 June 2018

Marco Reus Germany 2018

Marco Reus Germany 2018

Mexico were relentless at the back, however, and broke downfield on many occasions without success.

Germany were exposed by Mexico's counter-attacking, and if the Mexicans had been more accurate with their final pass they would not have had to endure a tense finale.

Low added of Saturday's clash with Sweden: "The next game is now more important".

Carlos Salcedo almost diverted a teasing cross into his own net, while Timo Werner hit tamely at Ochoa when an umarked Julian Draxler appeared the better option.

The Germans open with a fully healthy squad, including star goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who has recovered from a broken foot.

The half ended 1-0 in favour of Mexico.

In the second half, they confidently chanted "Mexico, Mexico, " and "Ole, Ole, Ole" when their team had the ball, which was far less than half the time as Mexico sat back defending and weathered a furious German comeback bid. Let the games begin!




The defeat for Die Mannschaft is their first in eight opening games at the tournament, while El Tri remain unbeaten in their six opening fixtures.

Osorio also made a quick reference to an incident before the World Cup when a magazine published photos of a number of players enjoying a late night party. He wanted them to go wide and cross to the space in front of center backs Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, and behind midfielders Sami Khedia and Toni Kroos.

Predict your World Cup victor!

Mexico is not the clear favorite in Group F but they will definitely try to take avenge of the 4-1 defeat against Germany on their last encounter.

If Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela had been sharper, Mexico could have won by several goals. The 29-year old striker didn't exactly have the best season with West Ham in the Premier League.

It promises to be an interesting match as World Champions Germany kick-start their campaign with a tough test against an experienced Mexico side. Die Mannschaft breezed through World Cup qualifying, winning ten out of ten, scoring 43 and conceding just four, and lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup past year with a youthful squad, while Low recently penned a contract until 2020.

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