Mexico's Hirving Lozano, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Brazil were held by Switzerland to a 1-1 draw at the Rostov Arena.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio lulled the four-time tournament winners into a false sense of security, fielding only one out-and-out forward in Javier Hernandez and awarding their opponents possession of the ball. Perhaps most excited were Mexico's fans ― so much so that those celebrating in the nation's capital may have caused an "artificial earthquake" from jumping and cheering the team on.
"We will not change our match plan because if we are able to play out our ideas then we have players who can deliver".
"We are Germany and we want to win every game, that's clear". That's why the first half looked the way it did. Our finishing wasn't good. "In the second half we were better, Mexico got exhausted, but we did not score, although there were enough chances for at least one". We should have made their keeper work harder than that.
Dogged defence, lightning-fast counter attacking football, and their skipper becoming only the third man to play at five World Cups.
They face Sweden on Saturday and 22-year-old Werner believes they are more than capable of bouncing back to become the first side to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.
"El Tri", as the team is called in homage to Mexico's three-color flag, has failed make it to the round of 16 in the last six World Cups.