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Troubled Germany Look To Make A Statement Against Experienced Mexico

Troubled Germany Look To Make A Statement Against Experienced Mexico

Germany hadn't been beaten in their opening World Cup match since 1982, which made Mexico's victory all the more impressive.

A remarkably open start saw Timo Werner sprint in behind the Mexico defence before dragging across the face of goal, while Mats Hummels shot straight at Guillermo Ochoa after a botched clearance. Find out by following our live matchcast.

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.

Mexico were relentless at the back, however, and broke downfield on many occasions without success.

Mexico can dream of going better than a consistent record of reaching the last 16 of the last six World Cups and perhaps of improving on the quarter-final they last reached in 1986.

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Brazil started brilliantly and raced out to an early lead, but the five-time World Cup winners - and one of a handful of favorites in 2018 - disappointed in the end as they settled for a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in the two sides' Group E opener. Germany are the Confederations Cup champions, and had a fantastic season in the World Cup Qualifiers. A star-studded German line-up, coached by their World Cup-winning manager Joachim Low, were taken aback by Mexico's pace right from the starting whistle, and failed to match their rivals on the pitch.

Germany nearly hit back four minutes later when Toni Kroos tried his luck from a 22-yard free-kick, but his effort was tipped onto the post by the Mexican keeper. "We played with bravery when it was needed and also defended with all of our hearts".

Mexico's Rafa Marquez is set make history by playing in his fifth World Cup, something just two other players have done. El Tri can't afford to waste the number of chances they had against Germany in future games against South Korea and Sweden.

German newspaper Die Welt took a swipe at Mexico today in the name of World Cup soccer, publishing a somewhat inflammatory headline about what Germany would do to them on the pitch by alluding to US President Donald Trump's plans for a barrier on the border.

Loew probably had said a lot to his team at half-time and it showed with Germany pushing hard against Mexico in the second half.


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