Stunned Germany hopes to avoid early World Cup exit

1:25                                            Joshua Kimmich knows Mexico have the quality to hurt Germany after facing them in last year's Confederations Cup

Germany were the clear favourites as they took on Mexico in their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, on Sunday.

Lozano's goal proved the difference in a 1-0 win in Moscow that put Mexico in control of Group F, with Sweden and South Korea in action on Tuesday (AEST).

"I was massively impressed by Mexico, give them their due", said former Scotland winger Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live.

But on Sunday night, the reigning champions became the latest big team to fall victim to a shock result, with an opening game defeat to Mexico.

West Ham poacher Javier Hernandez will lead the line, while Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela will provide support from either flank in a very quick forward line.

And Germany lost their opener for the first time since 1982 (versus Algeria) and are the fifth defending world champions to lose in their opener in a World Cup.

"We did not find any solutions to their game in the first half", the Real Madrid player told German broadcaster ZDF. Mexico has lost six straight knockout matches.

"We prepared for the use of Mario Gomez up front".

Having won three major tournaments in a row, many expected Spain to continue that sequence of success when they headed to Brazil as world champions four years ago.

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Germany take on Sweden in Sochi on Saturday in a must-win game, while Mexico and their legion of fans in Russian Federation head to Rostov-on-Don to face South Korea on the same day.

"The team has experience dealing with losses".

"It was not a lack of stamina that meant we could not turn the match around".

"We will not change our gameplan".

"We will certainly not change our match plan". In an end-to-end game, the Mexicans showed nerves of steel, passing from the back even when under pressure and asking Germany all sorts of questions.

Supporter Miguel Paez, who donned a Mexican wrestling mask in the colours of the national flag, said: "We aspire to win a World Cup this time". 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.

Diego Maradona inspired Argentina to glory in 1986 but he was helpless as his side were beaten 1-0 by Cameroon in the first game of their title defence four years later in Milan.

Lozano, on the counter, was the hero on the day in attack, beating Manuel Neuer.

"I think it's definitely the best goal I've ever scored in my life, we all dream of playing in the World Cup", PSV Eindhoven forward Lozano said.

Germany hit back, Toni Kroos rattling the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick that needed the fingertips of a scrambling Ochoa to keep it out, but Mexico barely clung on to their advantage.

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