Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Historic Lozano goal causes mini-earthquake in Mexico

Historic Lozano goal causes mini-earthquake in Mexico

Hummels felt Germany did not heed the warning of their final warm-up friendly against Saudi Arabia that ended in a tight 2-1 win, their only success in seven matches since the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign a year ago.

Tens of thousands of green-shirted El Tricolor fans had descended on Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, part of the enormous South and Central American presence to have arrived in Russian Federation, in the hope of seeing something special.

Elated fans waved Mexican flags and donned traditional sombrero hats at the iconic Angel of Independence monument in downtown Mexico City as they sang the country's unofficial soccer anthem, "Cielito Lindo", or "Pretty Little Sky", a popular folk song.

Undaunted by their opposition, Mexico adopted a thrilling, attack-minded approach, continually threatening the German defense. Following the defeat, Kimmich didn't hold back and pointed out that losing the ball too often cost Germany dearly. Mexico expect to get out of the group.

The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations said that highly sensitive natural disaster sensors detected tremors at two sites in Mexico City "possibly because of mass jumping".

Millions more Mexicans lauded El Tri's performance on social media and shared memes that took a humorous look at the triumph.

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It may have only been four years since, but 14 of Germany's 23 World Cup winners have either been replaced or dropped but none have affected the team as much as the departures of the captain from Rio, Philipp Lahm and Basti.

If anything, today's curtain raiser-between Group E rivals Costa Rica and Serbia-was uncharacteristic, as the Europeans clinched a 1-0 win on the back of a thoroughly efficient display. In addition, two members of the squad have come under the spotlight for being photographed alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However, the status of Mesut Ozil is unknown.

In the second half, they confidently chanted "Mexico, Mexico, " and "Ole, Ole, Ole" when their team had the ball, which was far less than half the time as Mexico sat back defending and weathered a furious German comeback bid.

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Brazil came on strong in the closing stages as Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Miranda all went close but the resolute Swiss held on. Brazil's headliner recently returned from a broken foot he suffered playing for club side Paris Saint-Germain.

Yet there were no audible signs of discontent from the sizable German contingent in the crowd. Whether Mexico can get past the round of 16, a progression they've reached in six straight World Cups, might be determined by how they play Germany on Sunday.

This result - which inflicted Germany with its first opening defeat since 1982 - will help the cause.

Lozano reveled in the space left for him on Mexico's left flank and was a constant threat on the counterattack. Joachim Low announced that Manuel Neuer will be Germany's first choice keeper if he is healthy.

But any ideas that Germany would waltz to three points in Moscow were quickly quashed. "That can happen because at a World Cup you come up against tough opponents".

So desperate was the German search for an equaliser that they were nearly caught out twice on the break; Miguel Layun the guilty party for Mexico on both occasions.

Mexico's top worldwide scorer, Javier Hernandez, may not be an automatic starter these days but his speed will come in handy for Juan Carlos Osorio's team.

I named Lozano my World Cup breakout player before the tournament, and on Sunday he showed why that could be the case, continuing the excellent scoring form he showed this past season at PSV.

They took to the game to the world champions, didn't accept their would-be status of second-best here and set the tone for the match with some brilliant early attacking play.

Spain lost their first game at the 2010 World Cup but went on to win the tournament outright.

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