Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Germany coach Joachim Low makes weird excuses after shock defeat to Mexico

Germany coach Joachim Low makes weird excuses after shock defeat to Mexico

When the final whistle sounded in an improbable 1-0 win over the defending champions on Sunday night, oft-disparaged Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio turned to the crowd and pumped both arms in the air a half-dozen times.

The legions of Mexico fans in attendance have delivered an emphatic rendition of their national anthem. Their first opponent on the way to that were Mexico, who were seen as one of the three remaining sides looking to finish in the runners-up spot.

Undaunted by their opposition, Mexico adopted a thrilling, attack-minded approach, continually threatening the German defense.

Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning break before finding a charging Lozano, who cut inside a covering Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer's near post to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico support.

Germany will now look ahead to their next group match against Sweden and Low hasn't shied away from the fact that it is imperative that his side get a result.

But it was too little, too late.

Mexico have enjoyed a much better start than Germany.

Lozano's goal set off such a commotion that seismic detectors in Mexico City registered a false quake, which the geological institute said may have been generated by "massive jumps" across the city.

Lozano's goal sparked Germany into action.

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Despite a plethora of depth and talent - a second string German team won the Confederations Cup past year - the German side arrived in Moscow Sunday on the back of a poor run of form. They hadn't lost an opening game since the then-West Germany fell 2-1 to Algeria in 1982. The Germany manager is said to be unhappy with his decision to meet with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Ozil also has more competition for places in the German team than in recent years.

Sweden and South Korea face each other on Monday, and the victor of that tie will surely now feel as though they can make a very strong argument for progression to the last 16.

Mexico, conversely, have been riding the crest of a wave coming into Russian Federation 2018. El Tri bypassed the midfield at will, with Germany really missing the services of a number 6.

Lozano's goal at the Luzhniki Stadium earned Mexico just the second win over Germany in history, as Loew's side paid the price for a dismal first half.

At the other end, Guillermo Ochoa tipped a blistering Kroos free kick on to the bar minutes later, in what was to prove the Germans' closest effort of a match in Moscow in which they had more than 60 percent possession but could not make it count.

Osorio was certainly living up to his pre-tournament promise.

"In the first half we played very badly, we were not able to impose our usual way of playing".

Joshua Kimmich and Hirving Lozano are probably the two most talented youngsters to watch out for at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Mexico repeatedly targeted the right flank to great effect with Lozano given the freedom to run the channels. But, fans have high hopes as they faced the similar thing in the last World Cup in 2014 where they defeated Portugal by 4-0 in the opening match.

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