What went wrong for Germany vs Mexico

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Germany had won all seven of their previous opening matches in the finals, but Mexico were intent on taking the game to them from the first whistle.

Attention now turns to England as they prepare for their opening World Cup fixture against Tunisia on Monday.

The resulting corner came back off the standing leg of Marvin Plattenhardt at the far post, but Manuel Neuer was aware of the danger and bailed his team-mate out with a good claim.

The match starts at 17:00 on 17 June 2018.

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

By beating Germany, Mexico put itself in position to possible play Serbia, Switzerland or Costa Rica in the second round and avoid a matchup with Brazil.

Earlier in the first match of the day, Aleksandar Kolarov's brilliant second-half free-kick gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup group match in Samara on Sunday. As an interesting fact, Germany has a marvelous average of 3.5 goals per match in their World Cup openers since last 36 years where they last defeated by Algeria.


Germany had the more possession but it was Mexico who were more creative.

"We're under pressure now, no question, we have to get six points", he said.

Germany is starting with Mesut Ozil in midfield for its World Cup opener against Mexico, while Marco Reus is on the bench.

If all goes well for Germany, there will be a return trip to Luzhniki Stadium-the host of the July 15 final-in a few weeks' time. "We played with bravery when it was needed, and we also defended with all our hearts". Coach Juan Carlos Osorio and the players have stated they are up to the challenge and are not afraid.

Rafael Marquez, who will retire after the tournament, is set to become just the third player - after compatriot Antonio Carbajal and Germany's Lothar Matthaus - to feature at five World Cups. He responded by talking about remaining group games against South Korea and Sweden.

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.

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