By Izuchukwu Okosi
World champions Germany became the third defending champions to lose their opening Group F match of the FIFA World Cup in four editions following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to central Americans, Mexico.
Argentina (1-0 against Cameroon in 1990) and France (1-0 against Senegal in 2002) lost to their African foes.
Germany and Mexico resorted to long range shots outside the boxes in the early stages but it was the industry of Mexico that paid off with impressive Hirving Lozano who had a first minute goal scoring chance firing past Manuel Nueur for the first goal of the match in the 35th minute.
Toni Kroos’ freekick three minutes later was pushed to the crossbar by keeper Guillermo Ochoa and the ball cleared by the Mexican defence.
Mexico failed to increase their advantage early in the second half when Javier Hernandez dithered on the ball as his indecisiveness whether to pass it to Carlos Vela or shoot was ill timed with an eventual shot too weak and saved by the impressive Ochoa.
Germany right back Joshua Kimmish attempted a spectacular overhead kick in the Mexican penalty area in the 65th minute but the ball went over the bar.
Veteran Mexican defender Rafael Marquez made history when he came off the bench in place of captain Andres Guardado for his 145th Mexican cap thus joining an elite list of players to have played in five World Cups.
Mexico’s Miguel Layun was let loose just fourteen minutes to full time but his strike went off target.
Mario Gomez thought he had possibly restored parity for the Maanchaft with three minutes to go but his header in the six yard box was badly misdirected.
Gomez’s header was soon followed by a thunderous strike by substitute Julian Brandt but the ball only hit the post and out for goal kick.