Germany 0 Mexico 1: Lozano stuns woeful reigning champion

REUTERS  Thilo Schmuelgen

As an interesting fact, Germany has a marvelous average of 3.5 goals per match in their World Cup openers since last 36 years where they last defeated by Algeria.

Both the teams will start their FIFA World Cup journey from Moscow this year as they will come face to face at the Luzhniki Stadium tonight.

The 2014 champions begin their title defense on Sunday morning as Germany enter the 2018 World Cup as heavy favorites to move deep in the tournament once again. Some German politicians and media questioned whether the players, who are of Turkish heritage, were sufficiently committed to Germany.

Low must lift his team for the next Group F game against Sweden on Saturday, while Mexico knows a win against South Korea on the same day would give it a wonderful chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Breaking out after stopping a German attack, Mexico absolutely cut through the German team with - at first - a one-two, before Lozano was set free.

But when presented with the award post-match the El Ahly stopper opted not to collect MOTM due to the sponsorship of beer giants Budweiser.

Any thoughts that Mexico would be overawed by Germany's assortment of superstars continued to be dispelled during a high-octane first half-hour, Hector Moreno heading straight at Neuer from their clearest opening.

These two sides met in the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final a year ago, with the World champions romping to a 4-1 at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

This will likely be Neuer's last chance to represent his country at a World Cup, if not a major worldwide tournament in general, and the Bayern Munich star will be hoping he gets the nod ahead of Ter Stegen by manager Joachim Löw.

Another said: "Germany look like they could do with a certain Leroy Sane". The West Ham striker had a disappointing season, scoring only eight goals in his first season with the London club. The 29-year-old has started every tournament match under Low since making his worldwide debut in 2009, but his place is no longer guaranteed.

Javier Hernandez led the attack in the 35th minute of the game, taking the ball forward down the right channel, keeping Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng behind.

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