World Cup 2018, Germany vs Mexico Highlights: Mexico Stun Defending Champions Germany In Massive Upset
FIFA World Cup 2018, Highlights Germany vs Mexico: Mexico beat defending champions Germany 1-0.
A resolute defensive display saw Mexico beat defending champions Germany 1-0 in their Group F match on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium. Hirving Lozano was the hero for Mexico as he scored the winner. Germany had the majority of possession in the second half where they were chasing the game but Mexican defenders stood like a rock and successfully defended the slender lead. Lozano's strike had helped Mexico take a 1-0 lead over defending champions Germany at halftime. The first half saw a flurry of chances fall for both Germany and Mexico. However, it was Lozano's perfectly taken shot that gave Mexico the lead in the 35th minute. Germany's Toni Kroos struck a fine free-kick that was brilliantly saved by Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. The match saw the maximum number of shots in this edition of World Cup so far. Germany enjoyed lion's share of the possession throughout but it was the Mexicans who had the more best chances of the half. (Highlights: Germany vs Mexico)
Highlights of 2018 FIFA World Cup, Germany vs Mexico, straight from Luzhniki Stadium
22:33 IST: Thank you for staying with us for the live match updates of Germany and Mexico. You can follow the live blog of the third match of the day between Brazil and Switzerland too.
22:21 IST: Mexico beat Germany 1-0. The Central Americans have stunned the defending champions. With this loss, Germany are the third defending champions in four editions to lose their opening match.
22:20 IST: And its over. We have the first upset of this tournament.
22:17 IST: Three minutes of added time after the regular 90 minutes. This is Germany's last chance to get a goal.
22:17 IST: Julain Brandt spurns the chance to equalise for Germany. Final minute to go before we head into the additional time.
22:14 IST: Final five minutes to go.
22:12 IST: Kroos has been giving his all and he yet again hits a long-ranger but to no avail. Hummels receive a yellow card right after that. Nothing going Germany's way at the moment | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 84 minutes
22:11 IST: YELLOW CARD! Thomas Mueller gets booked for catching Hector Herrera | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 82 minutes
22:09 IST: Miguel Layun smashes it outside the target. Mexico should have buried this match by now.
22:06 IST: Miguel Layun was all by himself. Three German defenders closed him down but he still managed to hit it. But sadly for Mexico it is over the bar | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 77 minutes
22:04 IST: Final 14 minutes to go. Mexico have weathered the storm so far and rightly lead 1-0. Germany have to conjure up some magic if they want to get something from this game. Only Kroos has looked like scoring for the Germans | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 76 minutes
22:00 IST: MEXICO SUBSTITUTION! Rafael Marquez comes in for Andres Guardado in the 72nd minute. He becomes the only third player to take part in five World Cups.
22:00 IST: Mexico are trying to catch Germany on the break | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 72 minutes
21:58 IST: OFFSIDE! Hernandez is offside. He goes down too easily hoping for a decision in his favour but the referee doesn't pay any heed to it.
21:55 IST: GERMANY CHANCE! Muller crosses it perfectly but Draxler hits it wide. Mexico still lead 1-0. Germany already have 16 shots on goal with six shots on target. Sadly, they have no goals to show for.
21:52 IST: CHANCE FOR GERMANY! Kimmich tries an overhead kick. He couldn't get it on target but a good try nonetheless | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 64 minutes
21:51 IST: MATCH STAT! 334 passes for Germany in comparison to Mexico's 168 passes so far.
21:47 IST: SUBSTITUTION! Germany! Marco Reus comes in for Sami Khedira in the 60th minute
21:45 IST: Number 11 Carlos Vela is substituted for Mexico.
21:45 IST: MEXICO CHANCE! Awful ball towards Andres Guardado by Hernandez. Only if the pass was right, Mexico would have been 2-0 up. Germany survive. Guardado is livid.
21:44 IST: Germany have been attacking more in the second half. Mexico are mere spectators in the second half. They wouldn't mind the scoreline at the end of the match.
21:43 IST: CORNER! Germany have the chance to get back in the game. Kroos tries to shoot but closed down by the Mexican defenders | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 55 minutes
21:42 IST: Kimmich unnecessarily shoots the ball while his teammates were waiting for the ball. Pressure on the mighty Germans | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 53 minutes
21:39 IST: Lozano just over ran the ball. The goal scorer has been fantastic till now. He is a constant threat on the left wing.
21:35 IST: Germany are keeping more of the ball and not trying too hard like they did in the first half | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 48 minutes
21:33 IST: Second half begins | Both the sides remain unchanged
21:25 IST: Germany haven't lost an opening game since 1982 and they will look to change that in the second half.
21:16 IST: Half time | Time for a breather after an entertaining half | Germany 0-1 Mexico
21:13 IST: Nine shots on goal already for both these teams.
21:12 IST: We are into the final five minutes of the first half.
21:09 IST: FREE KICK for Germany. What a save by Guillermo Ochoa in the 38th minute. That free kick by Toni Kroos was heading into the net. Mexico survive the German onslaught.
21:06 IST: GOAL! Number 22 Hirving Lozano breaks the deadlock for Mexico in the 35th minute. A fantastic check back inside the defender and finishes it perfectly. The German keeper can do nothing. Germany's resolve has been finally broken | Germany 0-1 Mexico after 35 minutes
21:03 IST: Mexico have had the better chances but they have been poor in the final third. Germany have possession but Mexico look more of an attacking threat.
21:00 IST: FOUL! Hernandez brings down the German defender Boateng | Germany 0-0 Mexico after 31 minutes
20:56 IST: This game has slowed down after the initial pressure from both the teams. Now Germany are holding the ball more in comparison to Mexico. | Germany 0-0 Mexico after 25 minutes
20:53 IST: Kimmich fouls Mexico's Hector Herrera in the 23rd minute.
20:52 IST: Germany have 60 per cent of the ball possession while Mexico have 40 per cent of the ball.
20:46 IST: Carlos Salcedo almosts puts the ball into his own Mexico net. Lucky escape. A good ball by Germany's Kimmich | Germany 0-0 Mexico after 16 minutes
20:44 IST: FREE KICK for Mexico. Kroos is furious at the referee. Set piece chance again for Mexico. Little bit off this time then the first one. Hector Moreno gets the header but it didn't trouble the keeper.
20:41 IST: Hector Herrera tries his luck from distance for Mexico and it is easy picking for Germany keeper Manuel Neuer. | Germany 0-0 Mexico after 11 minutes
20:39 IST: FREE KICK! Mexico get a free kick. Clumsy challenge by Hummels. Miguel Layun steps up to take the kick and it is up and over the cross bar. Poor free kick in the end.
20:38 IST: Corner for Germany. Short one taken. Matts Hummels takes a shot but no power to trouble the Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa | Germany 0-0 Mexico after 7 minutes
20:35 IST: A good strike at the other end of the pitch by Timo Werner. A fiery start to this match. Living up to the expectations. The first five minutes has witnessed attacks from both the teams | Germany 0-0 Mexico
20:31 IST: Inside the opening minute, Mexico's number 22 Hirving Lozano gets a chance but shoots it over the Germany goal post. A measured approach by the striker could have seen Mexico get the lead against the defending champions.
20:30 IST: KICK OFF! Germany go with the 4-2-3-1 formation. Alireza Faghani is the referee of this match. Mexico also go with the same formation.
20:27 IST: Luzhniki Stadium is filled with fans of both Mexico and Germany. We are in for a cracker of a game.
20:25 IST: National Anthems of both teams being played at the moment.
20:24 IST: Germany had defeated Mexico 4-1 in last year's Confederations Cup.
20:22 IST: The players have lined up in the tunnel. We are moments away from the kick off.
20:20 IST: Ozil will be playing in the preferred number 10 role with Kroos and Khedira holding in the middle of the park
20:10 IST: TRIVIA! Germany's Thomas Muller has scored 10 goals in two World Cups - only seven players have scored more.
20:09 IST: Here's the starting line up of both the teams.
20:02 IST: Less than 30 minutes to go for the defending champions Germany and Mexico clash.
19:26 IST: We now shift our focus to the second match between Germany and Mexico.
19:25 IST: Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 in the first match of the day at teh Samara Arena.
18:46 IST: In the first match, Aleksandar Kolarov gives Serbia the lead after 56 minutes after a stunning free kick on the top corner | Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia after 60 minutes
18:34 IST: Costa Rica are currently playing Serbia in the first match of the day at the Samara Stadium. You may follow the live match updates here
18:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of the Group F match between Germany vs Mexico
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said what is discussed on talk shows should not concern the players, adding, "We are here to play football." The form of Joachim Loew's side is another concern though, an unconvincing win over a Saudi Arabia outfit thrashed 5-0 in the World Cup opener represents Germany's lone victory since romping through qualifying with maximum points.
"We need the greed, the fire -- it's part of what makes things go off with a bang sometimes in training and on the playing pitch. We will have to fight for every inch," said defender Jerome Boateng.
"I think we're known as a team that starts well," he added, saying he feels "better from day to day" after returning from a groin injury.
Germany defeated Mexico 4-1 on the way to lifting last year's Confederations Cup trophy but Kroos believes that result is of little significance now.