Mexico upsets Germany in FIFA World Cup
Lusiana Tagicakibau/BBC Sports
June 17, 2018 6:02 pm
The Mexico football team pulled off a historic victory in the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after defeating cup holders Germany 1-0 this morning.
Germany became the third defending champion in the last 16 years to lose its opening match at the World Cup. France in 2002 and Spain in 2014 were the other defending champions to lose their opening matches.
Hirving Lozano’s first-half goal was the difference between the two sides in an enthralling encounter in Moscow.
This was also the first time a German side had lost their opening game of this tournament since 1982, when West Germany were upset by Algeria.
It could turn out to be a damaging defeat too. Although Germany will still be expected to beat Sweden and South Korea and progress, the runner-up in Group F will face a last-16 tie against the Group E winner, expected to be Brazil.
Mexico takes on South Korea in their next game while Germany meets Sweden both on Sunday.