Hirving Lozano´s goal hands defending champions the opening defeat.
The Group F opener of the 2018 FIFA World Cup saw defending champions Germany receiving a narrow defeat from ever ambitious Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Mexico made a blistering start, barely a minute on the clock when Lozano broke into the area on the left, evading Joshua Kimmich but seeing his strike blocked by Jerome Boateng for a corner that Manuel Neuer eventually claimed.
But Germany responded, Kimmich threading a pass to Timo Werner who lashed a low shot across goal and beyond the far post from a tight angle.
Mexico had been enjoying the majority of the threat and created another when Gallardo produced a low cross that was hacked away by Germany.
And with 35 minutes gone they had the goal they deserved when the ball was slipped to Lozano on the left of the area and he got away from the covering Ozil and crashed a low shot into the corner.
Mexico was able to keep them at bay until Kimmich´s ambitious overhead kick and Werner´s instinctive close-range effort both flashed narrowly over in quick succession midway through the half.
After squandering a number of golden opportunities in the closing stages, with Miguel Layun particularly wasteful, Mexico was fortunate to maintain the lead till the end and grab all three point.
Full-time: GERMANY 0-1 MEXICO
90: Three minutes added
90: Yellow card Hector Herrera
86: Substitution for Germany, Timo Werner OFF Julian Brandt IN
84: Yellow card Mats Hummels
83: Yellow card Thomas Muller
79: Substitution for Germany, Marvin Plattenhardt OFF Mario Gomez IN
74: Substitution for Mexico, Andres Guardado OFF Rafael Marquez IN
66: Substitution for Mexico, Hirving Lozano OFF Raul Jimenez IN
60: Substitution for Germany Sami Khedira OFF Marco Reus IN
58: Substitution for Mexico, Carlos Vela OFF Edson Alvarez IN
46: Second half kicks off
HALF-TIME: GERMANY 0-1 MEXICO
45: One minute of added time
40: Yellow card for Hector Moreno(Mexico)
35: GOOAAALLLL!! Hirving Lozano!! MEXICO TAKES THE LEAD!!
1: Kicks off....
Mexico subs: Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera, Marco Fabian, Raul Jimenez, Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos, Edson Alvarez, Rafael Marquez, Oribe Peralta, Jesus Manuel Corona, Javier Aquino, Erick Gutierrez.
Mexico XI: Guillermo Ochoa; Carlos Salcedo, Hugo Ayala, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo; Miguel Layun, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano.
Germany subs: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gomez, Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rudiger, Leon Goretzka, Julian Brandt, Marco Reus, Niklas Sule, Sebastian Rudy.
Germany XI: Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Marvin Plattenhardt; Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos; Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner.
Teams line up:
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