FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights: Mexico stun Germany in Group F encounter
Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the match as Mexico stunned Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.Follow highlights of Germany vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2018 here.Updated: Jun 17, 2018 22:36 IST
Mexico stunned defending champions Germany 1-0 in their opening FIFA World Cup 2018 game, leaving Joachim Loew’s side with a tougher task to qualify for the knockout stages. In his World Cup debut, Hirving Lozano scored Mexico’s winning goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez’s pass inside the penalty area and dodging Mesut Ozil before firing past Manuel Neuer from 10 yards. After Lozano’s goal, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a spectacular save to keep the score level, palming Toni Kroos’ shot onto the crossbar while Julian Brandt failed to score from a good position late in the game. Follow highlights of Germany vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2018 here.
21:35 hrs IST: That’s all from this match! Brazil faces Switzerland in the next game and you can follow live updates from the match here at www.hindustantimes.com.
21:25 hrs IST: Germany’s defence looked quite weak and it was no surprise when Javier Hernandez outwitted Mats Hummels to play in Lozano, who cut inside Mesut Ozil and smashed the ball low into the corner
21:21 hrs IST: Full time! Mexico have done it! Germany slump to a 0-1 defeat in their first Group F encounter and Joachim Loew has to think long and hard about his team’s performance today.
21:16 hrs IST: Julian Brandt had one of the best chances of the game, but the long-range shot was just wide!Mexico are within touching distance of a major upset!
21:14 hrs IST: Yellow cards for Mats Hummels and Tomas Mueller. This is now or never for the defending champions and Mario Gomez misses out on a clear header! Germany 0-1 Mexico.
21:09 hrs IST: Mario Gomez is out in the middle for Germany and this is their final play. The experienced striker can be their last hope but Mexico is still looking like the better team.
21:04 hrs IST: Miguel Layún latched on to a free ball and was almost through on the counter, but the shot flew above the goal. This is not looking good for Germany!
21:58 hrs IST: FIFA has repeatedly fined the Mexican football federation over a racist chant that rang out at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium in the 24th minute of the game. Fans in Mexico use the chant to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick. Widely considered a slur, some argue there is no discriminatory intent.
21:54 hrs IST: More chances and more misses from Germany! Timo Werner had the chance to equalise but the shot was not up to the mark. Germany 0-1 Mexico.
21:50 hrs IST: Joshua Kimmich went for the spectacular but fails! It was a good pass from the midfield but Kimmich was unable to get a good connection and Germany still trail 0-1 against Mexico.
21:46 hrs IST: Andres Guardado had the perfect opportunity to make it 2-0, but the shot was wide! Germany 0-1 Mexico.
21:42 hrs IST: Good chance for Julian Draxler! He took a good shot but it took a deflection and missed the target. Germany are playing well in the second half and are looking way more dangerous. Germany 0-1 Mexico.
21:37 hrs IST: Germany are attacking well in the second half, but still no result for the defending champions. Are we looking at some changes very soon? Germany 0-1 Mexico.
21:32 hrs IST: The second half is underway! Can Germany fight back against Mexico?
21:20 hrs IST: Hirving Lozano finished off a sweeping move to smash the ball in after 34 minutes and release an explosion of noise in Luzhniki Stadium. Germany trailed only once in the last World Cup, 2-1 to Ghana, and has outscored opponents 20-2 in its past four World Cup openers.
21:17 hrs IST: It’s half-time in Moscow and Mexico are leading 1-0 against defending champions Germany!
21:12 hrs IST: Toni Kroos came close to equalising but his shot hit the post and was cleared by the defenders. This has been a below par show by the German footballers and they need to improve their game if the y want to win this match. Germany 0-1 Mexico.
21:08 hrs IST: A measured pass from Javier Hernandez and Hirving Lozano took his time to finish the move! A huge goal for Mexico and Germany are trailing in the first half. Germany 0-1 Mexico.
21:05 hrs IST: Mexico have taken the lead! Hirving Lozano is the goalscorer as Germany trail in Moscow!
21:00 hrs IST: This has been a poor show from Germany. The passing is far from effective and the final ball is completely missing. Loew needs to change things fast. Germany 0-0 Mexico
20:55 hrs IST: These are tough times for the defending champions. Although the game is still goalless, Mexico have come close to scoring a couple of times and Germany need to seal their defence quickly. Germany 0-0 Mexico
20:50 hrs IST: 20 minutes gone in the game and Mexico have been the better team on the attack. Both teams are opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation, but Mexico have attacked well till now.
20:44 hrs IST: Germany are living dangerously right now. Another good opportunity for Mexico but Neuer was up to the task. Germany 0-0 Mexico after 15 minutes of play.
20:40 hrs IST: Early tests for Manuel Neuer as he makes two simple saves. Germany are dependent on their wing play for most of the attacks and Mexico caught them out on counters. Germany 0-0 Mexico.
20:36 hrs IST: Both teams are pressing hard and with one attack each, both Mexico and Germany have made their intentions clear within minutes of the start. Germany 0-0 Mexico.
20:34 hrs IST: Chance at the other side! Timo Werner did have space but his shot was well wide of the target. Germany 0-0 Mexico.
20:32 hrs IST: Early attack by Mexico, but Jerome Boateng produced a good block to stop the attack. The resultant corner was also unable to produce anything for Mexico. Germany 0-0 Mexico.
20:30 hrs IST: We are underway! Germany will be looking for an early goal to put pressure on their opponents.
20:26 hrs IST: National anthem time! The two teams are out in the middle and we are just minutes away from the kick-off.
20:22 hrs IST: Manuel Neuer starts in goal despite missing most of the club season with a foot fracture. This will be a big test for the Bayern Munich goalkeeper who will be looking to bounce back quickly.
20:15 hrs IST: An interesting choice by coach Joachin Loew as he has opted for Mesut Ozil over Marco Reus. Ozil was reportedly injured but Loew is going to play the Arsenal playmaker.
20:08 hrs IST: The 2014 World Cup winners defeated Mexico 4-1 on the way to lifting last year’s Confederations Cup trophy.
20:04 hrs IST: Mexico’s XI includes former Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez, who will be supported in attack by Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela.
19:58 hrs IST: Now, a look at the defending champions’ starting XI - Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Plattenhardt; Khedira, Kroos; Muller, Draxler, Ozil; Werner.
19:56 hrs IST: A look at the Mexico XI - Ochoa; Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo; Layun, Herrera, Guardado; Vela, Chicharito, Lozano.
19:53 hrs IST: Mesut Ozil will start Germany’s World Cup Group F opener against Mexico on Sunday, after coach Joachim Loew opted for the experienced midfielder instead of speedy Marco Reus.
19:48 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter between Germany and Mexico!
Germany are attempting to become only the third side in the World Cup’s history to successfully defend their title, after Italy (1934-1938) and Brazil (1958-1962).
Mexico topped a group including Uruguay, Italy and England last time to reach the quarter-finals, and this time are in Brazil’s group.Their pedigree may be good but their form is not and they have lost to Belgium and England in the run-up to Russia.
First Published: Jun 17, 2018 19:44 IST