FIFA Investigating Alleged Gay Slur Chanted by Mexico Fans During Germany Match

18 June, 2018, 22:56 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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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.

Germany's preparations ahead of the World Cup were plagued by poor results and controversy, and their problems were magnified in Moscow as they crashed to their first defeat in the opening game of a World Cup since 1982.

The reigning champions were second best to El Tri throughout and were duly punished by Hirving Lozano's superb goal midway through the first half. After Lozano's goal, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off spectacular saves to keep Mexico in the lead till the end of the match.

Germany registered 25 shots to Mexico's 12, but many were from long range and failed to seriously test Ochoa. Germany, meanwhile, has to regroup. And that's when Mexico started to weave their way through the German defence.

"We were nervous and we weren't playing the game we wanted to play", Loew said.

"It was not a lack of stamina that meant we could not turn the match around".

Loew started 8 of the 9 World Cup 2014 winners in his squad, with Mesut Ozil returning from a knee injury and Manuel Neuer back in goal following his lengthy absence.

Before the tournament, Joachim Low had spoken about the difficulties of retaining a World Cup.

But any ideas that Germany would waltz to three points in Moscow were quickly quashed. The central Americans, who have reached the last 16 at each of the last six World Cups, will need to be quick on the break if they are to catch their opponents off guard, as other teams have successfully done recently, including the Saudis.

The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the victor on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history.

Seeking defensive reinforcement, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio brought on 39-year-old veteran Rafael Marquez to play in his fifth World Cup. We've just had our first major upset of the tournament.

With spirits riding high, hopes that Mexico can take the World Cup title were even higher. Die Mannschaft breezed through World Cup qualifying, winning ten out of ten, scoring 43 and conceding just four, and lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup past year with a youthful squad, while Low recently penned a contract until 2020.

His calming influence was crucial, marshaling the space in front of Mexico's back four as wave after wave of German attacks descended on the area.



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