FIFA World Cup 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018

Hirving Lozano, Mexico's hero in their 1-0 World Cup Group F win over Germany, believes his strike against the world champions is the best goal in his career.

Mexico held out for the second-half to record a memorable 1-0 win over the defending champions - condemning Germany to their first defeat in their opening match at the finals since they lost to Algeria in 1982.

As Lozano scored, Mexico's fans went wild, in Russian Federation and around the world.

On the way to that latter title, Germany saw off Mexico, who have themselves grown under the tutelage of Juan Carlos Osorio, in charge since 2015.

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The atmosphere was vibrant in Moscow ahead of the Germany-Mexico match later on Sunday.

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The resulting corner came back off the standing leg of Marvin Plattenhardt at the far post, but Manuel Neuer was aware of the danger and bailed his team-mate out with a good claim.

The goal, 10 minutes from the break seemed to have woken Germany up, but they had failed to build enough attacks in an attempt to equalize in the first half.

"We will make it", Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

Marco Reus was introduced on the hour as Loew sought to invigorate a struggling side, while 39-year-old Rafael Marquez became just the third player to feature at five World Cups as he was brought on the tighten Mexico's defence. The Arsenal playmaker was neat on the ball, as ever, but he was frequently pushed off the ball, getting dispossessed three times in a frantic opening half, before Mexico retreated and sought to defend their lead.

"It's pretty simple: we played like we did against Saudi Arabia, but this time it was against a better opponent", fumed the Bayern Munich player, who was booked for a foul in the dying stages. After all, when Germany pulled off a huge upset at the Winter Olympics by defeating Canada 4-3 in the men's ice hockey semi-finals, the Germans couldn't resist a bit of gloating. He responded by talking about remaining group games against South Korea and Sweden.

Attention now turns to England as they prepare for their opening World Cup fixture against Tunisia on Monday. "We need to give all the credit where it is due, and that is with the players", Osorio said.

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