Germany fall to the champions' curse

Doug Mendoza
June 18, 2018

The tie was decided by an emphatic strike from PSV Eindhoven's Hirving Lozano, who finished off a swift counter-attack with a cool finish midway through the first-half.

Neither were the sombrero-clad Mexican fans who seemed to be partying nonstop on the streets of Moscow in the days leading up to Sunday's match.

Speaking of Brazil, Sunday was their first World Cup final match since they were embarrassed by Germany in the 2014 semifinals.

A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Loew took over as coach in 2006.

"Neymar is going to be marvellous in Russian Federation and win the trophy for us", Carlos said.

"We were very vulnerable because we lost balls going forward and that left gaps".

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Fans in Mexico City are apparently so powerful, they're registering on the Richter Scale. They hadn't lost an opening game since the then-West Germany succumbed 2-1 to Algeria in 1982.

"I don't know if it's the biggest victory in (Mexico's) history, but one of the biggest for sure", Lozano said. He played his last two club seasons with Mexican team Atlas, where he started his professional career in 1996.

With Mexico now in the driving seat to secure top spot in Group F, Germany's potential path to another final may have become considerably more hard. Mexico's win will now further boost hopes of getting past the last-16, which has proved to be their bogey round in the last six World Cups.

"In the second half we pressed more but Mexico dropped back and played on the break". The average age isn't too high, " Loew said. He has tinkered with his lineups constantly.

Others riffed on U.S. President Donald Trump's pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, placing photos of Ochoa guarding the goal alongside the caption "Hey!" "We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us".

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