Mexico's World Cup victor against Germany causes 'artificial quake' in Mexico City

Germany's Thomas Muller during training. Lisi Niesner Reuters

After all, when Germany pulled off a huge upset at the Winter Olympics by defeating Canada 4-3 in the men's ice hockey semi-finals, the Germans couldn't resist a bit of gloating.

On the way to that latter title, Germany saw off Mexico, who have themselves grown under the tutelage of Juan Carlos Osorio, in charge since 2015. German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved a header, and Germany later had two shots on goal in a 3-minute span.

Fault lines in Germany's defence have been visible in recent games and Sunday's 1-0 World Cup defeat to Mexico should not really be seen as a surprise, defender Mats Hummels has said. He left Reus on the bench to start the game, but they missed his speed and willingness to run at players. He almost fluffed it but, in the end, he beat Neuer with a shot to his right to give Mexico the lead. In addition to the full-backs being caught too far forward, Mexico were able to draw the German midfield too far forward.

Mexico lineup: Guillermo Ochoa, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Miguel Layun, Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hector Moreno, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado, Hirving Lozano, Jesus Gallardo.

Thursday's World Cup opener was played in a library compared with the atmosphere at Sunday's Mexico-Germany game.

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"We will certainly not change our match plan", he said. Tony Kroos, the Real Madrid playmaker struck a freekick so sweet that it needed a special save, and Ochoa flung himself desperately to parry the ball onto the upright as the ball was kept out of goal.

And German legend Michael Ballack posted a concerning tweet after the game, highlighting just how big of a deal the loss could be.

The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the victor on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history.

Mexico, however, were left anxious in the dying stages of the game as they chose to sit back and defend, allowing Germany to build attack after attack, a gamble which they could have regretted.

Die Mannschaft improved in the second half and applied pressure on Mexico, but the Central Americans held out at the Luzhniki Stadium to condemn Germany to their first World Cup opening-day loss since 1982.

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