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Germany - Mexico
World Cup - 17 June 2018
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There's the full-time whistle!!!
Wow. The holders are beaten. Arguably Mexico's biggest ever World Cup win, while Germany have lost their WC opener for the first time since 1982.
What. A. Shock.
Ochoa collects a cross from deep and he takes his time before hoofing it away.
Neuer is up for a corner! And he's staying up...
Germany just trying to pick out holes in this Mexico defence. Patient, patient build-up but a pass from Muller on the edge of the area is straight through to Ochoa.
WIDE! An almighty scramble in the Mexico box and it falls to Brandt on the edge of the area... but he fires JUST wide. So, so close.
THREE minutes added on!
WIDE! Huge chance for Gomez! He somehow heads wide with a free header from 10 yards out. Camera cuts to Germany players all over the pitch - they know the level of scrutiny they'll come under after this match, even if they do salvage a draw.
Werner goes off with Brandt coming on to replace Germany's No 9.
Frustrated figures all over the pitch in white - this time it's Hummels who gets a yellow for a late challenge on Alvarez. All that after Reus sees an attempt saved easily by Ochoa.
Muller claws back Herrera and is booked for his troubles. Just not their day, so far............
WIDE! It's a brilliant effort from Layun, but he fires just wide of the far post with Neuer scrambling over to his right.
Germany's defence is once more all over the place, but it's such a poor ball from Jimenez with Mexico in a 3v2 situation. Screams of 'GIVE IT' but he passes too late, and Hummels intercepts.
Time is running out. And it's time for Germany to press the button.
On comes Mario Gomez.
Off goes Plattenhardt.
OVER! Almost a dreamy goal from Layun as he leads Mexico on a one-man counter. There was no team-mate near him so he opts to go alone, and he only ends up firing a yard or so over the bar.
Wave after wave of Germany attackes now, but Mexico are still standing strong.
WIDE! Kroos tries to guide the ball into the bottom corner, but it's wide of the mark.
Marquez also becomes just the third player to play in five World Cups, after Antonio Carbajal (Mexico) and Lothar Matthäus (Germany). Buffon was the only other name to feature in five squads, though he did not feature at 1998.
This gives Mexico the perfect chance to regain their composure, and just quell the Germany storm. Huge 20 minutes coming up.
On comes 39-year-old Marquez - who becomes the first player to captain his nation at five World Cups. FIVE. Wow.
This is getting SO tense now... Germany are piling forward, but it's no dice this time around as Reus volleys over from an acute angle.
Break in play with Gallardo down receiving some treatment after taking a Reus cross to the face.
Hernandez goes down all too easily and there's no sign that VAR are even checking that. It was the right decision from the referee in the first place.
Germany just upping the ante now... but down the other end Hernandez goes down in the box! VAR time?
- OffHirving LozanoMexico
- OnRaúl JiménezMexico
Chucky's work is done. What an opening game for the 22-year-old. On comes Jimenez
OVER! A cross is flicked on and finds Werner at the back post, but it comes at him so quick and his first-time effort flies well over.
OVER! But only just... Boateng's cross is behind Kimmich, but he opts for the spectacular and sees his overhead kick loop onto the roof of the net.
Not even knocking on the door at the moment, but Mexico will be inviting the pressure after their defensive switch. Can't blame them, really, but Germany still struggling out there.
- OffSami KhediraGermany
- OnMarco ReusGermany
Germany do make their first change, with Reus on for Khedira.
This guys definitely not giving the ball back... (Multi-ball game, not to worry)
- OffCarlos VelaMexico
- OnEdson ÁlvarezMexico
Flag goes up as Ochoa gets down to make a save from Werner.
Mexico make a conservative sub meanwhile. Perhaps a tad too early with Germany yet to make a change...
CLOSE! But not good enough from Hernandez.
Mexico go on the counter and it's a 2-on-1, but Hernandez cannot square it over for Vela, getting too much on the pass.
Ozil finds Draxler out wide as Germany move the ball a tad quicker, but his low effort deflects wide...
Germany take the corner short and it's eventually with Kroos - who sees his shot blocked.
OVER! Groans from the stands as Kimmich fires an attempt over from 25 yards out. Mexico will be delighted if Germany are reduced to that!
Expected Germany to come out firing, but six minutes have passed without much to shout about. Low must be pondering a change or two sooner rather than later.
The easiest save Ochoa will make all tournament, as he catches Plattenhardt's tame effort from distance.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way in Moscow. Huge 45 needed from Germany, but even if they do fight back to win, that first half performance will be difficult to shake off.
All good stats...
- End of 1st Half
Well, well, well. What a first half from Mexico, they've had the reigning champions of the ropes for 45 minutes, with Low's side too exposed at the back, and paying the price for it.
Tasty second half coming up!
WIDE! Vela pokes an effort just wide of the mark as one minute of additional time is signalled.
Fantastic game this. And it's set up perfectly for the second half, too. Germany second best all over the park.
Germany last lost their World Cup opener in 1982... They have 50 minutes to fight back in Moscow.
WHAT A SAVE! Germany have a free-kick some 25 yards out, and Kroos' curled effort is destined for the top corner, but Ochoa flies over to tip it onto the bar!
Right then, reigning world champions. What are you made of?
- GoalHirving LozanoMexico
GOAL! Lozano fires Mexico in front!
And it's no more than they deserve... Hernandez finds himself one-on-one with Boateng, and he opts to slide it over for Lozano, who cuts inside before tucking it past Neuer at the near post. Wow.
And why wouldn't they be. Vela almost finds Layun but it's a inch or two ahead of him - would have been through on goal, too.
Germany are coming off second best so far. Buoyed on by their fervent support, Mexico are well up for this.
Plenty of attempts for Mexico, but they're not find the corners yet. Again it's Layun with a shot from the edge of the box, but it's straight at Neuer.
OVER! Germany are leaving themselves very exposed at the back... Lozano starts the Mexico counter and he eventually lays it off for Layun, who gets it all wrong when firing over from 20 yards out.
Entertaining start. Camera cuts to Low on the bench, keeps his hands on his knees. Disappointing.
SAVE! Ochoa tested again, but it's a simple stop for the Mexico goalkeeper with Kroos' attempt from distance too close to him.
SAVE! Best chance of the match so far for Germany, and it falls to Werner. He's about 15 yards out when he swivels and shoots, but it's straight at Ochoa.
A beautifully threaded ball finds Hernandez on the left-hand side of the box, but he's hesitant to strike on his left foot, and neither shoots nor plays it across the area as Germany eventually clear the danger.
Werner wide of the mark earlier on...
CLOSE! So very nearly an own goal. Kimmich's whipped ball in evades Khedira and it ricochets off Salcedo, but fortunately for the Mexico defender it's wide of the goal.
Kroos believes he's fouled but actually concedes a free-kick. Fuming with the ref, too, but it means Mexico have the chance to cross one in...
SAVE! It's Moreno who meets it, but his header deflects into the path of a grateful Neuer.
Neuer was not going to let this one go...
SAVE! Simple stop for Neuer, who catches Herrera's strike from distance.
Wide open this. Hummels fouls Vela and Mexico have a free-kick 25 yards out...
It's a poor attempt from Lazun, who fires it well over the target.
Muller earns Germany a corner... they play it short and it's a nice little move before it falls for Hummels, but his scuffed attempt is straight at Ochoa.
Aw... give it half-an-hour.
WIDE! Promising start to this game. Kimmich plays it through for Werner, but his attempt from an acute angle is wide of the far post.
CRUCIAL BLOCK! Fast start from Mexico. Lozano is borderline offside but he cuts inside and gets a shot away, only to see Boateng fly over and make a crucial interception.
Germany fail to deal with the resulting corner, but it ricochets into the path of Neuer who smothers the ball to kill the attack.
- 1st Half
Right then. The Group F opener is under way at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
Teams are out. Time for the national anthems!
A good luck message from the excluded Leroy Sane... Will Low ensure questions are avoided as to why he didn't include the Man City winger?
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Mexico start with a triple-pronged attack in Vela, Hernandez and Lozano.
39-year-old Marquez settles for his place on the bench, with a nice warm blanket no doubt.
Neuer starts and captains Germany. He has made just two friendly appearances in the past eight months, but he gets the nod for the holders.
Ozil also features after recovering from a knee injury. Often let loose on international duty, will be intriguing to see how he fares this afternoon.
Germany XI: Neuer, Plattenhardt, Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Khedira, Draxler, Kroos, Ozil, Werner, Muller
Mexico XI: Ochoa, Ayala, Salcedo, Layun, Moreno, Gallardo, Herrera (c), Guardado, Vela, Hernandez, Lozano
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