Sunday afternoon saw Germany take on Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium as the current World Cup holder look to retain their title in the new tournament.
The 2014 Champions started the match with an almost identical midfield and defence as they had in Brazil but give young Timo Werner a chance in the no. 9 position.
Young Eindhoven forward Hirving Lozano looked to add a serious threat to the Mexican attack along side former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.
Both side were equally showing their strengths upfront from the get-go, with El Tri showing their pace and skill on the ball while Die Mannschaft show their experience on the counter.
Hernandez and Lozano get the away fans pumped with their control of the ball but just couldn’t get past the German wall.
On the other end, 22-year-old Werner showed a lot of promise in the Mexican box, but Guillermo Ochoa prevents the Leipzig striker from getting the ball into his net.
Time after time, Mexico were getting the chances on the counter attack as Germany looked like they were falling off in the latter stages of the half.
Carlos Vela and Lozano were making runs up the wing with a fine amount of space to turn in but their shots just couldn’t be controlled.
GOAL – Hirving Lozano – 35th Minute – Germany 0-1 Mexico
Mexico take advantage of the open space as young Lozano cuts in to the German box and scores a low shot beyond Manuel Neuer.
As the away crowd goes wild and the visitors continue to pressure in attack, Germany looked to bring one back after Joshua Kimmich went down close to the Mexican box.
Toni Kroos took a marvellous free kick which them smacked the crossbar. But this didn’t deteriorate Mexico’s attack.
Up until the whistle blew, El Tri were making fast runs into the German half hoping to secure a more comfortable league.
The majority of the second saw pretty much what happened in the first with the game play from both teams.
Mexico had so, so many chances to convert into goals but just couldn’t find their finishing feet.
Countless amount of balls were fed to Layun up front but he couldn’t get a shot on target.
Even though Germany seemed they were struggling at times to score, they brought on Marco Reus to help in attack.
It wasn’t until the last 10 minutes that Germany looked like a proper threat with Werner trying to respond to balls given to him in the box.
In the end, Mexico managed their way to a shocking win against the World Champions.
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