Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Mexico Beats Germany In Huge Upset At The 2018 World Cup

Mexico Beats Germany In Huge Upset At The 2018 World Cup

That feeling when you beat the World Champions. He has been in charge of Mexico since late 2015 and is called "El Profesor" - a sobriquet of ridicule, not respect.

When the final whistle sounded in an improbable 1-0 win over the defending champions on Sunday night, oft-disparaged Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio turned to the crowd and pumped both arms in the air a half-dozen times.

The Germans are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962.

"We will not suffer that fate, " he said.

He said: "In the first half, we managed to play defensively with a great deal of intelligence and to hurt them on the counter". We will not become reckless. As we saw with Argentina on Saturday, all it takes is one match in which the favourites look a bit shaky and the rest can start to smell blood. There is no reason to panic. "It goes without saying that the next match will be decisive for us, we have to win it".

It was not a one-off.

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In the first 15 minutes alone, Mexico had five shots on goal (from Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez, Miguel Layun, Hector Herrera, and even Hector Moreno). El Tri bypassed the midfield at will, with Germany really missing the services of a number 6. They very well may.

Because, despite Mexico tiring after a relentless hour of football, they were utterly incapable of finding a way through. Mexico pressed and harried Low's side up and down the pitch, were significantly sharper in attack and were unfortunate not to score before they eventually did. "Then they had to hang on in the end".

Germany dominated the second half proceeding, but they couldn't find the final touch that would lead to a goal.

"We need to give all the credit where it is due, and that is with the players", Osorio said. We have to put this behind us. Our team certainly has experience in dealing with losses and it goes without saying that the next match will be decisive for us. "This isn't an Arsenal game", posted one fan on Twitter.

Youngster Julian Brandt almost saved Loew's night in the final minutes when he blasted a shot past Ochoa's right post.

For a side whose tournament success over the past decade has been rooted in a strong collective ethos, the process of disintegration they suffered at the hands of Mexico was more unsettling than the negative result itself.

They took to the game to the world champions, didn't accept their would-be status of second-best here and set the tone for the match with some brilliant early attacking play.

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