Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at World Cup

Mesut Ozil faces shock AXE for Germany's World Cup opener against Mexico

Back home, seismologists said they had registered a man-made natural disaster, created by human celebration. After finding the opening goal, they didn't hold back much and kept countering whenever awarded an opportunity. The very big gap that opened up between the front line and the defensive duo swallowed Germany's control game like the biblical Leviathan. "The last couple of months he was performing at his best and he can be one of the most decisive factors at this World Cup". El Tri, as the team is known, has lost in the round of 16 every four years since 1994.

Ozil, 29, endured an inconsistent season for Arsenal, but such is his brilliance at worldwide level, that the playmaker's position in the national side has never really been under threat.

The Germans, branded an "embarrassment" in their home press, should still qualify, with a final group game against South Korea. "We are here in this competition and we want to stay until the last day".

Elated fans waved Mexican flags and donned traditional sombrero hats at the iconic Angel of Independence monument in downtown Mexico City as they sang the country's unofficial soccer anthem, "Cielito Lindo", or "Pretty Little Sky", a popular folk song. Only a late, lunging Jerome Boateng tackle stopped Hirving "Chucky" Lozano from opening the scoring with less than a minute played.

"If seven or eight players are attacking then it is clear that our attacking power is greater", said Hummels.

In the 35th minute, a goal of quality in conception and execution.

Lozano, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela formed a three-man frontline and they had the Germans on their toes from the start with their slick passing and running.

While change has been forthcoming for Germany, two things have remained stable: success and Joachim Low.

Delirium on the banks of the Moscow River, euphoria across a distant continent.

The goal-scorer Lozano said, "I don't know if it's the biggest victory in [Mexico's] history, but it's one of the biggest for sure".

Germany's Toni Kroos threatened to level the score four minutes later, but his 25-yard free kick crashed off the crossbar.

After a scoreless first half, Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas withstood a barrage of Serbian challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican fans cheering him on at Samara Arena. Germany applied nearly unbearable pressure for what seemed like hours.

On both those occasions, they had tried to seize control; snatch the possession and put their stamp on the game only to leave spaces for their opponents to exploit and punish them.

The only other time Mexico had beaten Germany was in a 1985 friendly.

"We need to give all the credit where it is due, and that is with the players", Osorio said.

Spain went on to lose against Chile in their next match too, meaning they were eliminated before even playing their final fixture.

Mexico faced Germany a year ago in the FIFA Confederations Cup where they witnessed a 4-1 defeat in Sochi.

Kroos, who like Hummels was part of the team that won the 2014 World Cup, said Germany paid the price for failing to stem the waves of Mexican first-half attacks.

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