Holders Germany crash to Mexico defeat

Brenda Watkins
June 17, 2018

Coach Osorio had stated ahead of the game that his team would go toe-to-toe with Germany because he believed in his team and especially the midfielders.

Javier Hernandez aka Chicharito is likely to start up front for Mexico on Sunday evening. Mesut Ozil struggled, particularly in the first-half. He deserved credit for tracking back, but his tackle was tame.

If the Germans drop points against Mexico, it could lead them into an early rematch of the 2014 semifinal match with Brazil.

However, as Germany threw men forward, it left space at the other end and Miguel Layun twice went close with long-range efforts after leading counter-attacks, although both shots went off target.

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists he's fit to play at the World Cup even though he's missed most of the season with a hairline fracture in his left foot.

Another said: "Germany look like they could do with a certain Leroy Sane". Subs: Reus 5, Gomez 6, Brandt N/A. Germany's issues were evident when they lost the ball.

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The Mexicans have been out in force in Russian Federation since the tournament began on Thursday, being a prominent presence on the streets as well at matches featuring other teams.

According to ESPN, Low had been unhappy regarding Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan's meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which sparked a huge divide in Germany, though Ozil makes the cut, while Gundogan has had to settle for a place on the bench.

Seeking defensive reinforcement, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio brought on 39-year-old veteran Rafael Marquez to play in his fifth World Cup.

Germany's preparations for the tournament were plagued by poor results and controversy, and their problems were magnified in the Russian capital, leaving their proud record of never being eliminated in the group stage of a World Cup already in danger. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Ozil drop to the bench and the time has probably come for him to be dropped.

"We can't underestimate them even though we managed to beat them decisively past year at the Confed Cup", midfielder Sami Khedira said in comments via the German Football Federation.

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