Germans awake to doom and gloom after Mexico loss

Germans awake to doom and gloom after Mexico loss

At the other end, Guillermo Ochoa tipped a blistering Kroos free kick on to the bar minutes later, in what was to prove the Germans' closest effort of a match in Moscow in which they had more than 60 percent possession but could not make it count. "But Germany had no plan B, no clear chances and no defensive intelligence".

Mexico can dream of going better than a consistent record of reaching the last 16 of the last six World Cups and perhaps of improving on the quarterfinal they last reached in 1986.

Against Mexico, Toni Kroos started with Sami Khedira, who looked every bit of his 31 years.

Everyone knows that the word "goal", said by a passionate sports announcer, has a tendency to get drawn out for effect. After all, the 57-year-old had done nothing to change his malfunctioning setup after the problems first surfaced a couple of weeks before the World Cup. Moving out from defence after stifling the German attack, Mexico broke with the sort of efficiency and speed we have come to associate with Germany, before a quick one-two on the edge of the box left the ball at Hirving Lozano's feet.

Germany will still be fancied to qualify from Group F with South Korea likely whipping boys.

Joshua Kimmich and Hirving Lozano are probably the two most talented youngsters to watch out for at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. That's why the first half looked the way it did.

"Our stability is not good, you have to say - often only Jerome [Boateng] and I were at the back, so they mercilessly attacked us".

Although Low admitted that his side need to improve, he also insisted that his tactics will remain the same for Germany's remaining matches.


From the outset at the Luzhniki Stadium, Germany were overrun by a more intense, quick-witted and cohesive Mexico side which threatened from the first minute.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio dedicated the win to the fans. Which means that the problems first surfaced a couple of weeks before the tournament in Russian Federation. We played exactly like we did against Saudi Arabia (when Germany won 2-1) only against a better opponent.

"I believe we have a relatively young team here".

There was no lack of bite from their Concacaf colleagues, Mexico, though, as "El Tricolour" displayed impressive vigour and ambition against a Germany team of such quality that coach Joachim Loew opted to travel without Manchester City shooting star, Leroy Sane.

Germany pressed in the second half but struggled to find the target. "We played with bravery when it was needed and we defended with all our hearts".

As puzzling as Germany's performance was for long stretches, Mexico deserve huge credit.

This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the reigning champions have failed to win their opening match - Italy drew 1-1 with Paraguay in 2010, while Spain lost 5-1 against the Netherlands in 2014.

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