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Russia 2018: Slick Mexico Stun Sluggish Champions Germany

Russia 2018: Slick Mexico Stun Sluggish Champions Germany

Holders Germany were shocked 1-0 by Mexico in their Group F 2018 World Cup opener at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
The win was Mexico’s first ever against Germany at the World Cup after four meetings  (Germany beat Mexico in 1978, 1986 and 1998 World Cups).
Hirving Lozano was the star for the Mexicans as his 35th minute goal was enough to secure the hard-fought win for his side.
Germany came all out in the second half but could not break a Mexican side that brought on 39-year-old Rafael Marquez who made his fifth World Cup appearance (was at 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014).
Mexico were slick on the counter-attack and created several chances to extend their lead.
The defeat by Germany means this is the third straight time defending champions have failed to win their opening game. Italy won the 2006 World Cup but drew 1-1 with Paraguay at the 2010 edition while Spain who won on 2010 lost 5-1 to Netherlands in their opening game at the 2014 World Cup.
Also the last time Germany lost a World Cup opening game was at the 1982 edition when they were shocked by debutants Algeria 2-1.

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