Germany coach Joachim Low makes freaky excuses after shock defeat to Mexico

FIFA World Cup 2018 match highlights

Even though Germany outshot Mexico 25-12, had 61 percent possession and completed 519 passes to Mexico's 224, El Tri was the most unsafe team for much of the night.

Their opponents didn't have to defend out of their skins to strangulate Germany, as the holders passed it around in the final third quite a bit without managing to play the killer pass even once.

With the win, Mexico is now in charge of its own destiny; with another victory in its last two games, it could advance to the knockout stage as the group champion, avoiding a second-round matchup with Brazil. "We all dream of playing in a World Cup - and to start in such a positive and important way - I think its my best goal so far".

Mexico custodian Guillermo Ochoa made a brilliant save to keep out a Toni Kroos free kick in the 35th minute while Germany essentially laid siege to the Mexican penalty area in the final 20 minutes.

"We're under pressure now, no question, we have to get six points", he said. Lozano, making his World Cup debut after a breakout season for PSV, looks like a star. Being the Defending Champions, Germany are expected to overcome all hurdles and easily clear the group.

For the second time in the FIFA World Cup 2018 did an underdog team stun a formidable and a title-favourite playing XI.

Lozano's lone strike in the first-half remained a difference between the two sides.

"Our stability is not good, you have to say - often only Jerome [Boateng] and I were at the back, so they mercilessly attacked us".

In the space of 90 minutes, Germany went from being revered like Spain's 2010 World Cup winning side, to being faced with the pity and schadenfreude that befell the Spanish side of 2014.

"Everyone is very unhappy but tomorrow we have to look forward".

It is this, the idea of the German national team which we have grown accustomed to over the years, that made their defeat to Mexico in the World Cup Group F opener so shocking.

Because, despite Mexico tiring after a relentless hour of football, they were utterly incapable of finding a way through.

After a rather bleak first half, Germany did try to equalise.

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.

"I believe with God everything is possible". Interestingly, Thomas Muller admitted that Mexico had outsmarted them with a vastly changed game plan.

Die Mannschaft have won just once in their past four games, that being a narrow 2-1 home win against Saudi Arabia. "We played with bravery when it was needed, and we also defended with all our hearts".

Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto joined the party, saying on Twitter: "Confirmed: Mexico competes and wins against the best in the world, Congratulations to @miseleccionmx!"

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