Germany was one of the favourites for the fifa world cup on going in Russia. It was expected that the champions will defend the title but the first match against Mexico was a shock for many.For the second time in the FIFA World Cup 2018 did an underdog team stun a formidable and a title-favourite playing XI. After Iceland’s heroics on Saturday evening (June 16) against Argentina in a Group D tie, Mexico stunned the defending champions Germany riding on the efforts of Hirving Lozano in the 35th minute of the Group F battle on Sunday (June 17). Germany were tired and failed to provide the spark both at defence and in attack.
And coach Joachim Low, after the loss, came up with a bizarre reason to justify the failure. Germans are the title favourites. Tales about their heroics over Brazil in 2014 semi-final were still told ahead of their opener. And seven of those players were part of the playing XI against Mexico. But Low and thousands of German fans at Luzhniki Stadium witnessed a worn-out Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller amid the Germans’ dismal performance. Lozano’s lone strike in the first-half remained a difference between the two sides. And Germany lost their opener for the first time since 1982 (versus Algeria) and are the fifth defending world champions to lose in their opener in a World Cup.Low reckons that Germany will recover in time after shock loss to the 15th-ranked team. “Everybody is really unhappy and crestfallen but we have to put this behind us,” said Low.
“Our team has experience of losses. We had a couple of shots, but it seemed jinxed and the ball did not go into the goal.”In the first-half, we played very badly. We were not able to impose our usual way of playing, attacking, and there were lots of counter-attacks against us and we were very vulnerable. “In the second half, we were able to press more, but Mexico drew back and then carried the ball forward fast.”Meanwhile, the match-winner for Mexico, Lozano, said, “It’s one of the biggest wins in Mexico’s history, for sure and it’s the best goal I’ve scored in my life. We all dream of playing in a World Cup and to start in such a positive and important way – I think it’s my best goal by far.”