Mexico pulled the first major upset of the 2018 World Cup when it beat defending champion Germany, 1-0, before a pro El-Tri crowd of 78,011 fans at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
teams have pretty much had their way against against non-European competition so far in Russia.
Russia, Croatia, Denmark, France and Serbia have all won their first games. Iceland tied
Argentina, 1-1, and Switzerland matched that against Brazil on Sunday.
The only European team to lose: Germany, which had not lost its opening game at the World Cup since 1982 when it
fell to Algeria, 2-1.
Mexico was the deserving winner on Sunday, using a goal from Hirving “Chucky” Lozano
to give El Tri the lead in the 35th minute that held up.
The architect of the upset was the much-maligned head coach Juan Carlos Osorio
"We started drawing up a plan six months ago, we had to change some parts because of
injuries, but basically using players who are very fast down the flanks," said Osorio, who was born in Colombia and educated in the United States. "We decided on Hirving Lozano as he is our fastest
player. We broke out in fast attacks, and we had numerous real chances to open the scoring before we actually did." Hector Herrera
and Andres Guardado
midfield, and El Tri continually caught the Germans on the break with LAFC's Carlos Vela
and Lozano having their way down the left side. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez
several breaks, but it was his pass that found Lozano open on the left for the Mexico goal.
Germany fired off 26 shots but only once came close. Late in the first half, Toni Kroos
free kick was tipped by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa
off the crossbar.
“The phrase today was: to play for the love of winning, not for the fear of losing,” Osorio said. “We played
with bravery when it was needed and we defended with all our hearts.”