Mexico probably would've been dreading the thought of facing Germany again.
But despite the loss - the first for a German team in a World Cup opener since 1982 - coach Joachim Low remains confident that his side will progress to the knockout stage in Russian Federation. Germany struggled when out of possession, and Ozil was a non-entity when they didn't have the ball. They were desperate to prove to the footballing world that they are one of the top teams in the world. A Colombian who is bilingual and lived in the United States, Osorio had not been forgiven for a 7-0 loss to Chile in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America. Mexico's only win in 11 games against them dates back to 1985. More reliance was on speed and movement on the counterattack.
Welp, that didn't go as planned for Germany.
Lozano, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela formed a three-man frontline and they had the Germans on their toes from the start with their slick passing and running. Mesut Ozil an Marco Reus will be up for consideration to be included in the midfield that already includes Real Madrid playmaker Toni Kroos.
Exultant supporters who seemed to outnumber Germans in the crowd of 78,011 sang "Cielito Lindo (Lovely Sweet One)", the well-known lilting refrains of "Ay, ay, ay, ay, canta y no llores", imploring everyone "sing and don't cry".
Denmark blanks Peru courtesy of an very bad penalty kick
Peru created 14 chances in the match to Denmark's five, with Cueva and Carrillo creating the joint-most on the pitch (four each). But already, after seven games it has been tested and used to positively affect games.
For Mexico, Guillermo Ochoa starts in goal with Hugo Ayala and Hector Moreno forming a very experienced centre-back partnership, as the younger legs of Carlos Salcedo and Jesus Gallardo fill in at right-back and left-back respectively.
"We were warned days ago [in the warm-up games]". 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.
That deserved lead was almost extinguished just two minutes later, however, when Toni Kroos' dipping free-kick arrowed towards the top corner. "This is the result of all that hard work".
Ten minutes later Kroos went close as well for Germany when he fired a shot from the edge of the box centimetres wide of the post with the keeper beaten.
Mexican and German fans cheer holding flags and commercial goodies during a public viewing event at the "Fanmeile" area in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate on June 17, 2018. Mexico were relentless at the back, however, and broke downfield on many occasions without success.