Has there been a more wild, bizarrely open start to the defence of a World Cup? Germany ended this 1-0 defeat by Mexico with six attacking players and three defenders on the pitch, with Manuel Neuer wandering about flapping his arms in the Mexico penalty area, while on the touchline Jogi Löw capered and wheeled, ice-white jogging shoes peddling the air in frustration.
The contrast with the start was profound. In the opening 40 minutes Löw’s team had been ambushed here, the world champions run into a state of breathless trauma by a thrillingly vibrant Mexico attack.
Written by Barney Ronay at the Luzhniki Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/17/germany-mexico-world-cup-match-report under the title “Mexico’s Hirving Lozano stuns world champions Germany for brilliant win”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.