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2018 World Cup match report Germany v Mexico 17 June 2018

World Cup 2018, Germany vs Mexico: Troubled Germany Look To Make A Statement Against Experienced Mexico

In the first 15 minutes alone, Mexico had five shots on goal (from Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez, Miguel Layun, Hector Herrera, and even Hector Moreno).

Joachim Loew started eight of the nine 2014 World Cup winners in his squad, with Mesut Ozil returning from a knee injury and Manuel Neuer back in goal following his lengthy absence for the Group F clash.

Osorio also made a quick reference to an incident before the World Cup when a magazine published photos of a number of players enjoying a late night party. It is the national stadium of Russian Federation and will also host the final. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than flawless pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted past Manuel Neuer. Boateng found Bayern Munich team-mate Kimmich with a cross from the right and the right-back attempted an acrobatic overhead-kick that went agonisingly over the bar. Reus also hammered a volley over from a narrow-angle before a frenetic finale saw Julian Brandt, just on for Werner, smack the outside of the post with a thunderous effort from 20 yards. The opening was a sign of things to come for Mexico. The Arsenal playmaker was neat on the ball, as ever, but he was frequently pushed off the ball, getting dispossessed three times in a frantic opening half, before Mexico retreated and sought to defend their lead.

There was a hint of controversy about Steven Zuber's header from a corner to level, as he appeared to push defender Miranda in the back - but the Swiss took their slice of luck and kept goalkeeper Yann Sommer relatively untroubled as they held on for a memorable point. "We can not rely just on our quality". Let the games begin!

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Low's side had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006 (Portugal v England, 29 shots in a 0-0 draw). 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.

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El Tri's form wasn't impressive heading into the World Cup, but they erased a lot of doubt on Sunday. "It's great to start on the right foot when you are playing the reigning world champions".

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