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FIFA World Cup 2018: Hirving Lozano’s goal against Germany causes ‘earthquake’ in Mexico City

Hirving Lozano’s goal for Mexico during the FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Germany caused a minor ‘earthquake’ in Mexico City due to widespread celebrations, according to reports.

football Updated: Jun 18, 2018 01:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Hirving Lozano’s goal against Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2018 caused a minor ‘earthquake’ in Mexico City, according to reports.(REUTERS)

It was a special day for Mexican football as the national team stunned defending champions Germany 1-0 in their opening game of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow on Sunday.

The El Tri dominated proceedings against their more fancied opponents and Hirving Lozano’s goal in the 35th minute proved to be the deciding factor in the Group F encounter. The goal prompted wild celebrations inside the Luzhniki Stadium but back home Mexico City which was literally ‘shaken’ by the unexpected result.

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At least two sensors inside Mexico City detected an earthquake at approximately the same time as Lozano’s goal, according to SIMMSA, a ‘seismic monitoring network’ operated by the area’s Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Research.

SIMMSA reported on Twitter that the earthquake was ‘artificially’ created by ‘massive jumps’ in the city following the goal and although it did not have any apparent impact, SIMMSA said in their statement - “The earthquake detected in Mexico City originated artificially. Possibly by massive jumps during the goal of the Mexico team in the World Cup. At least two sensors inside the City detected it.”

It was a brilliant performance by Mexico who looked completely in control against the defending champions and the victory puts them in a brilliant position to qualify for the knock-out stages. When Germany centre-back Mats Hummels lost possession deep in the Mexican half, Javier Hernandez was released through the middle.

He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than perfect pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted past Manuel Neuer.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jun 18, 2018 01:00 IST