Mexico vs Germany: 'Chucky' Lozano goal causes quake in Mexico City

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Germany manager Joachim Lowe said it felt as though his Germany side were "jinxed" as the defending champions at Russian Federation 2018 were rocked 1-0 by Mexico in Group F at Luzhniki Stadium. Defending champions of World Cups haven't had a good time defending their title in the recent past, and Germany's defeat will put them under enormous pressure to turn things around in little time.

The defending World Cup champions were underwhelming as they laboured to defeat.

Team Germany will take on Mexico in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium Sunday in the 2018 World Cup. Some German politicians and media questioned whether the players, who are of Turkish heritage, were sufficiently committed to Germany.

Germany were expected to beat Mexico today but were wasteful in front of goal.

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Germany breezed through qualifying scoring 43 goals and conceding just four and, astonishingly, average nearly four goals a game in their opening World Cup matches since last losing their first tournament game in 1982 against Algeria. Lozano took a touch, and without over-complicating, took a shot on goal. "We should not underestimate them even if we beat them previous year", said Germany midfielder Sami Khedira.

The Mexicans have also endured mixed results in the lead up to the tournament, having only won one of their three warm up matches.

Today's game marks the return of the Brazilians to the World Cup stage following their traumatic campaign on home soil in 2014.

Germany threw players forward in the dying minutes of the match, but Mexico defended for their lives and held on for a famous 1-0 win.

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez waited too long to shoot when played in on the left of the box by Vela, Germany getting numbers back to snuff out the danger, and at the other end Werner shot straight at the keeper with the unmarked Draxler waiting in vain for a pass.

It was, however, to be their day, with a stunning 1-0 success getting them off to the best possible start at Russian Federation 2018. But their recent form is far from World Cup-winning quality.

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