World Cup Today: Mexico over Germany, an upset six months in the making

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.

European 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 controlled the 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 wasted 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.”
3 comments about "World Cup Today: Mexico over Germany, an upset six months in the making".
  1. R2 Dad, June 17, 2018 at 10:06 p.m.

    It's amazing how many Mexicans do not like Osorio. Even now, after this momentous win, he will only be as good as his last victory and will only be remembered by many Mexicans for his last defeat. No worries, Cordiero is waiting in the wings.

  2. Craig Cummings, June 17, 2018 at 10:36 p.m.

    Vamos Mexico.Si Se Peade.

  3. Ginger Peeler, June 18, 2018 at 6:51 p.m.

    Since the US failed to qualify, I’m rooting for the underdog and hoping (very unrealistically) to see Iceland win the World Cup...or else any of the CONCACAF teams that made the cut. Iceland reminds me of the US when our team was mostly made up of college guys. We didn’t have much in the way of technique, but we had lots and lots of heart! Mexico has the heart and a lot of that team have really good skills and techniques. The United States is beginning to develop those skills and techniques and, perhaps, getting back that joy of the game and “yes we can” attitude that we seem to have lost. Hopefully we’ll be ready for 2022 and will make our country proud. So, for now,  I’m watching every World Cup game and considering myself blessed to get to see so much of “the beautiful game”!

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