Hummels Criticizes Germany Tactics In Mexico Loss

Hummels Criticizes Germany Tactics In Mexico Loss

Hummels Criticizes Germany Tactics In Mexico Loss

'Possibly by massive jumps during Mexico's goal at the World Cup.

The win was huge for Mexico, not just for its historical context - it's the first time any CONCACAF squad has defeated the Germans at the World Cup - but also for Mexico's chances of breaking one of the most brutal streaks in the tournament.

They and millions back home have one wish, a demand really: for Mexico to play that "quinto partido", the fifth game of a World Cup.

Even though Mexico ended up being wasteful at times on the counter against a German back line that was pushed extraordinarily high, Lozano found the target with a poised finish in the 35th minute, and that was all El Tri ended up needing for its historic win.

Germany came into Russian Federation 2018 tipped as favorites by many, looking to become the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.

Matthaeus said Marco Reus, Germany's most unsafe player, who only played the last 30 minutes, must start against Sweden.

Mexico will take on South Korea in its second first-round match in Rostov-On-Don at 10:00am Saturday.

"Overall we had our chances but did not score. In many previous tournaments we've always won the first match but we have to accept it", Loew said. After all, the 57-year-old had done nothing to change his malfunctioning setup after the problems first surfaced a couple of weeks before the World Cup. Picking a top two from Group F just became a lot harder.

Mexico supporters outnumbered Germany fans at the Luzhniki Stadium and made nearly all of the noise, roaring their team forward.

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"I'd much rather say that we're going to rest". We know we are playing the Word champions today (Sunday) but champions are beatable too. If we play out our ideas then we have players who are able to deliver. They qualified from the group stage but exited after a 3-2 loss to Austria in the next phase.

Loew has been heavily criticised in Germany for his tactics and keeping faith in under-performing players, especially Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil.

Diego Maradona inspired Argentina to glory in 1986 but he was helpless as his side were beaten 1-0 by Cameroon in the first game of their title defence four years later in Milan.

Hirving Lozano's sole strike in the 55th minute of the game was enough to sink Germany - who despite having a star-studded line-up on the pitch were comfortably outclassed by Mexico. As a player in a World Cup you have to accept pressure.

Toni Kroos tried his luck with a curling shot from outside the box as Germany grew increasingly desperate before another substitute, Julian Brandt, cracked a fierce 20-yard shot that hit the outside of the left post.

One desperate last attack had Neuer come up for a corner, but a towering header from the veteran Marquez and subsequent claim from Ochoa allowed Mexico to close out an unforgettable triumph.

The victory was a redemption of sorts for the team's Colombian coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, who has been widely criticized by pundits and a football-loving public for his tactics and management of the national team, but analysts praised Mexico for the pace of their attack.

"Our motto was play with the love of winning and not the fear of losing", said a delighted Osorio.

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