Mexico showed some fantastic counter-attacking football to defeat World Cup title holders Germany in the Group F opener. The Germans started as absolute favorites before the game but the Mexicans showed a lot of courage and belief in themselves by taking the game to Low’s team.
The Germans are used to teams parking the bus and waiting for wave after wave of attacks. Mexico had other plans. From the minute the referee blew the whistle, they were on the prowl for a goal. Even when defending free-kicks in their defensive half, the Mexicans had 3 forwards waiting upfront. They attacked quickly and gave Germany no room to breath.
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Hirving Lozano, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Carlos Vela and Miguel Layun incessantly pressured the Germans and deservedly took the lead in the 35th minute. Even after the goal, Mexico kept on going and were very lucky not to win this by 2 or 3. In the second half, Mexico dialed it down one level, due to fatigue, and let Germany take the initiative. The North American outfit defended with discipline while attempting to get one more goal.
Before the game, Chicharito was defiant when asked if Mexico could win this World Cup. The performance from his team backed up his words.
“Why can’t we be Greece in the Euros?” Hernandez asked. “Why can’t we be Leicester in the Premier League? Tell me why not.”
Mexico have a team in which most of the players have more than 50 caps. They have experience on the international stage and know each other really well. The other country who has the same type of team, but with better players, is Germany, which makes Mexico’s feat even more impressive.
Mexico have truly pulled off the performance of the tournament so far!
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