Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Historic World Cup goal causes 'earthquake' in Mexico

Historic World Cup goal causes 'earthquake' in Mexico

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 folksong.

The victory may have been in Russian Federation, but the celebration was in high gear at San Jose's Avaya Stadium Sunday when Mexico upset Germany 1-0 in the opening round of soccer's World Cup.

"Our seismic warning devices also detected the artificial quake in real time, the maximum acceleration reached 37cm/s2 at the same time as [the] goal", it said in a tweet.

Loew has, like the Brazilians, transformed the team from 2014 to the extent that the man who scored the World Cup winning goal in Rio, Mario Goetze, is not in the squad.

Mexico defeated the reigning world champions 1-0 on Sunday in the first shock result of this year's tournament.

"They've always done things like that", 53-year-old fan Magdalena Martinez said Sunday of the partying Mexican players.

An eruption of a different kind was also reportedly felt back in Mexico City, with SIMMSA claiming to have recorded an artificial natural disaster with a maximum acceleration of 37cm/s2. Real earthquakes, even smaller ones, are also incredibly energetic compared to anything we can muster, and have their own clear seismic signals.

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"They all will qualify and the best of these top teams will come in the knockout", the Portuguese said.

Germany's Mats Hummels reacts to the defeat against Mexico.

"I am incredibly happy", said Rodolfo Pulido, 47, who watched the match with his girlfriend and son on a Father's Day outing.

"It was a wake-up call, just like the first half against Mexico".

"From this point on, we only have finals", Neuer told reporters.

With key players tiring in the second half, Mexico pulled back and substituted both Lozano and Carlos Vela.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos joined Hummels in demanding an improved performance when Germany take on South Korea on Wednesday in Kazan.

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