Valley fans celebrate historic Mexico-Germany soccer match

Valley fans celebrate historic Mexico-Germany soccer match

Valley fans celebrate historic Mexico-Germany soccer match

And if they finish runners-up to the Mexicans, Germany could be on course to face Brazil in a daunting second-round matchup. Other than that, though, Low's side had to settle for half chances, while Kimmich nearly forced an own goal with a nice cross in the 16th minute.

Commentators anxious that family tensions could distract the players from their goal of winning World Cup matches.

Toni Kroos recognized that Germany, the ultimate tournament team, were now facing an unusual situation.

"Tomorrow we will start thinking about [South] Korea because this World Cup is not only about the opening game", Hernandez said. Low's tactics and the omission of Leroy Sane from the World Cup squad. Moving out from defence after stifling the German attack, Mexico broke with the sort of efficiency and speed we have come to associate with Germany, before a quick one-two on the edge of the box left the ball at Hirving Lozano's feet.

Meanwhile, Germany, the only team to have made it made it to the second round of every World Cup since 1954, needs at least a tie against Sweden on Saturday to keep that streak from ending.

Germany hadn't been smooth in pre-World Cup friendlies and carried over that form to the first game of the tournament.

Costa Rica and Real Madrid custodian Keylor Navas has the agility and reflexes of a cat; but Serbia captain Aleksandr Kolarov made him look like a fish out of water with a brilliant second half free kick.

"Our stability is not good, you have to say - often only Jerome [Boateng] and I were at the back, so they mercilessly attacked us".

With Jogi Low's side seen by many as the favourites to leave Russian Federation with the trophy, the pressure is certainly on for the 2014 champions to complete that rarest of feats by retaining the famous cup.

It was a fearless performance from the El Tri which executed the game plan Osorio set out for them.

Centre-back Hummels said Germany had ignored the warnings from their shaky 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in their final warm-up game. After the match, Lozano put all the praise on his coach Juan Carlos Osorio. "Just imagine, we beat the world champions!"

Osorio became more cautious, taking off Vela and Lozano for Raul Jimenez and Edson Alvarez, before introducing Mexico legend Rafa Marquez, who became only the third player to play at five World Cups and the first in history to captain a country in five.

"I believe we have a relatively young team here. We played with bravery when it was needed and also defended with all of our hearts".

Germany came into the match as the defending champion and was heavy favored to win.

Sunday's remarkable win over the world champions, however, has suggested that this Mexico team are psychologically stronger than their predecessors and that may just help them take the extra step.

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