Valley fans celebrate historic Mexico-Germany soccer match

Valley fans celebrate historic Mexico-Germany soccer match

"What happened hey, what happened hey, to the Germany that was going to beat us today?" the crowd chanted as the final score became apparent. Other than that, though, Low's side had to settle for half chances, while Kimmich nearly forced an own goal with a nice cross in the 16th minute.

Sweden and South Korea will pose a different challenge and will sit deep, inviting Germany to break them down.

"In the first half the impression was that we were not as dynamic as we usually are and in the second half I didn't have the impression we were losing strength", the 58-year-old told reporters.

After Sami Khedira lost possession, Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning counter before finding a charging Lozano, who cut inside a covering Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer's near post to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico support.

Then there was the ageless Rafael Marquez who came on in the 74th minute to make some history of his own, tying a record by playing in his fifth World Cup.

Mexicans celebrating their win over Germany.

And if they finish runners-up in Group F, Germany could be on course to face Brazil in a daunting second-round match-up.

Germany came into Russian Federation 2018 tipped as favorites by many, looking to become the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.

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The game started like a title fight, with both sides trading body blows in a manic first half.

Germany didn't go quietly though, giving Low something to build on.

It was a brilliant performance by Mexico who looked completely in control against the defending champions and the victory puts them in a brilliant position to qualify for the knock-out stages. Whenever they have won the World Cup, they have always brought a transformational change in football.

The last time that Die Nationalmannschaft lost a World Cup's opening game, it was a 2-1 loss to Algeria, a fixture which they had approached with alarming complacence and arrogance.

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez explain how Juan Carlos Osorio's tactics played a big role in Mexico's defeat of Germany at the World Cup. 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.

However, when they faced off with Mexico, things didn't go as planned for them. Which means that the problems first surfaced a couple of weeks before the tournament in Russian Federation. "We know it is going to be hard but we know that we can compete against any team". "Now Germany is under pressure". "We played with bravery when it was needed and also defended with all of our hearts".

"A wake-up call is too late, we now have to win two games, otherwise the World Cup is over", Hummels said. But right now it is clear that Germany are there for the taking, and the World Cup might be too.

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