June 18, 2018 12:58 IST

Mexico beats defending champ Germany at FIFA World Cup

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Mexico created the first upset of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, overcoming defending champions Germany 1-0 in a frenetic Group F game at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Sunday. Forward Hirving Lozano's 35th-minute goal proved to make the difference in a match played at a very high tempo as four-time champions Germany began their title defence on a disastrous note. The game opened up at a breathtaking pace, with both Germany and Mexico playing an open game, going on an all-out attack. German striker Timo Werner had the first chance of the match but his drive from a tight angle from the right went wide of the left post. Ranked 14 places below than the world No.1 Germany, Mexico took the European powerhouse head on, playing a quick counter-attacking game. Germany captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was called into action to block a long-range effort from midfielder Hector Herrera in the ninth minute and five minutes later, forced to keep away a header from Mexican centre-back Hector Moreno off a corner in the 14th minute. Credit: (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Mexico football players celebrate a 1-0 victory over Germany in a World Cup group stage match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia on June 17, 2018. Credit: (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)
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Javier Hernandez of Mexico reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium on June 17, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Andres Guardado of Mexico reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium on June 17, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Julian Draxler (L) and Mesut Ozil (R) of Germany are seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group F match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium Moscow in Moscow, Russia on June, 17, 2018. Credit: (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)