Moscow: Defending champions Germany crashed to the first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano’s clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory here on Sunday.
The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the winner on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history.
Joachim Loew started eight of the nine 2014 World Cup winners in his squad, with Mesut Ozil returning from a knee injury and Manuel Neuer back in goal.
Winners also became the 1st Confederation Of North Central American And Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) team to beat Germany at WC.
Result: Mexico 1, Germany 0
- 5th time in their past six tournaments Mexico have won their opening match at a World Cup (drawing the other).
- 3rd consecutive WC in which reigning champs have failed to win their opening match.
- 2nd time Mexico beat Germany- their last win against them came in a friendly in 1985.
- 1st defeat for Germany in a competitive match since losing 2-0 to France in the Euro 2016 semifinal.
Mexico’s Marquez is third to play in 5 World cups
Rafael Marquez on Sunday featured in his fifth World Cup finals (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018), becoming just the third player to achieve this feat – along with Mexico’s Antonio Carbajal (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962 and 1966) and Germany’s Lothar Matthaus (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998).
Mexican fans chant slur
Mexican fans chanted a homophobic slur at German goalie Manuel Neuer. FIFA has repeatedly fined Mexican football federation over it.