Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Joachim Loew Defiant As Germany Face World Cup Crisis

Joachim Loew Defiant As Germany Face World Cup Crisis

Joachim Low has admitted that his Germany side weren't at the races after they slipped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.

El Tri sliced the German defense over and over with counterattacks, and Hirving Lozano cracked it open, cutting back to spin around Mesut Ozil and beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from about 10 yards in the 35th minute. Mexico held on for a famous win, prompting wild, delirious celebratory scenes at the final whistle. They've had an unenviable record of having been knocked out in the round-of-16 in six successive tournaments, but after this famous win, they will surely be looking to at least go a step further in Russian Federation. With the trio of Hirving "Chucky" Lozano, Carlos Vela and Miguel Layun playing behind striker Javier Hernandez, it became obvious that the Mexicans meant to take the game to its more illustrious opponents. "To start off on the right foot against the best team in the world, it's a huge result and great work by the team".

Mexico's shock victory over Germany sent shockwaves through the World Cup but Hirving Lozano's winning goal might have actually triggered an natural disaster in Mexico City.

"In the last World Cup we played against Brazil, and now playing against the world champion like Germany, with the players it has, is never easy". "We have often proved that we are there when it starts", Kroos said.

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Mexico stunned the world champions 1-0 on Sunday (June 17) with a thoroughly deserved victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in which starlet Hirving Lozano announced himself on the big stage.

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

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She also warned the minister, Horst Seehofer , against defying her, saying she is ultimately in charge of government policies. Seehofer heads the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union, the sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

One desperate last attack then had Neuer come up for a corner before Mexico closed out an unforgettable triumph.

It was a fearless performance from the El Tri which executed the game plan Osorio set out for them.

Kroos agreed with Hummels that Germany now must win their remaining Group F games against Sweden in Sochi next Saturday and against South Korea in Kazan on June 27 to be sure of progressing.

This wasn't a wake-up call, but the outcome of letting their opponents come all guns blazing.

"Mexico were clever, we did better in the second half and Mexico got exhausted". As Osorio said afterward, he told his team to "play for the love of winning, not the fear of losing".

"It was a very important game for Mexican football, for Mexican history because starting the World Cup against the world champion and winning three points was something that very few people expected", said Ochoa after the game.

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