World Cup celebrations trigger artificial quake in Mexico


Thousands of football fans had gathered in the capital to watch Mexico's surprise 1-0 win over World Cup holders Germany. But with Ochoa standing up to a relentless German attack that got off 25 shots, it was enough to leave Germany without a point one game into a World Cup for the first time in 36 years. The proof is in audio clips of his narration of the moment when Lozano placed a flawless kick to secure Mexico's early lead. Several times in the first half, with the pair of them either pushing up to support the attack or to aid the press, El Tri found space in behind and got a free run at the Germany defense.

It was just the second goal Mexico had scored in its last five games, equaling its worst offensive drought in four years.

As puzzling as Germany's performance was for long stretches, Mexico deserve huge credit.

It means Mexico celebrated its goal so hard that it created its own quake.

Germany were the clear favourites as they took on Mexico in their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, on Sunday.

In his World Cup debut, Hirving Lozano scored Mexico's winning goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez's pass inside the penalty area and dodging Mesut Ozil before firing past Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.

"It's pretty simple: we played like we did against Saudi Arabia, but this time it was against a better opponent", fumed the Bayern Munich player, who was booked for a foul in the dying stages.

Although Low admitted that his side need to improve, he also insisted that his tactics will remain the same for Germany's remaining matches. We were not able to impose our usual way of playing, attacking, and there were lots of counter-attacks against us and we were very vulnerable.

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The Germany football team has an impromptu meeting during their 1-0 World Cup loss to Mexico on 17 June 2018. Sami Khedira was never at the races and Low must be questioned over his line-up with Leon Goretzka and Sebastian Rudy left kicking their heels on the bench.

And if they finish runners-up in Group F, Germany could be on course to face Brazil in a daunting second-round match-up.

"When it came to passing, we were a bit negligent, which is quite unfamiliar when I look at this team". "It's not a situation we're used to at all".

After a rather bleak first half, Germany did try to equalise.

Analysts such as RTE's Didi Hamann had previously suggested that a relative lack of leadership could be Germany's undoing at these finals, and that looks as though it might turn out to be the case. They hold 4 World Cup titles (1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014) and 3 European Championships (1972, 1980 and 1996). We've just had our first major upset of the tournament.

The problems began previous year when the US Treasury Department accused team captain Rafael Marquez of being a front man for a drug kingpin.

Mexico, the perennial underachievers, who so often arrive at big tournaments on a wave of optimism only to crash out at the first hurdle, began the game with a bang.