Mexico fans trigger quake with celebration after goal against Germany
- Felicia Parsons
"We simply have to concentrate on our strong points that we have not been able to bring to bear in the last two matches". The proof is in audio clips of his narration of the moment when Lozano placed a flawless kick to secure Mexico's early lead.
Regardless of the real cause of the quake, the emotion was evident, as crowds of people, many openly weeping, took to the streets to celebrate the historic win.
I observed how emotional they were, scrutinized how they addressed the priests and even ensured that I finished my Sunday service devotion in time to catch up with some of them for the interviews outside the cathedral. In attack, they have Hernandez and Lozano who are the main goal-scoring threat for Germany.
He said the win, the first against Germany in a World Cup by Mexico, highlighted the team's quality.
Loew started 8 of the 9 World Cup 2014 winners in his squad, with Mesut Ozil returning from a knee injury and Manuel Neuer back in goal following his lengthy absence.
Photo: Mexico goal scorer Hirving Lozano (left) celebrates with teammate Jesus Gallardo after his victor against Germany in Russian Federation 2018 World Cup action on 17 June.
"Mexico deserved the game because we made it too easy for them, knowing we should not have allowed that to happen". Khedira, Kroos in midfield.
Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo.
"That really hurt us", said the Bayern forward. "It's not a situation we're used to at all".
So what went wrong for each side, and what needs to be done to fix it? "Our team has experience of dealing with losses, the next match will be decisive and we have to win it".
Germany have given themselves a mountain to climb if they intend to qualify from their group.
Proceeding to the last eight or beyond has become a Sisyphean task for the Mexicans who have gone out in the round of 16 at the last six World Cups and have not reached the quarter-finals since they hosted the competition in 1986. "Just imagine, we beat the world champions!"
Germany pressed in the second half but struggled to find the target.
The problems began past year when the US Treasury Department accused team captain Rafael Marquez of being a front man for a drug kingpin. "But Germany had no plan B, no clear chances and no defensive intelligence".
Mexico may been a long way from home, but it was clearly the home team in its World Cup opener.
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