Big Upset: Mexico Beat Defending Champions Germany


Electric Mexico gave their many fans in Russia a good show and gave the World Cup its first real shock with a 1-0 victory over the defending champions.

They became the first non-European team to shut out Germany at the World Cup since Brazil did it in 2002 final, per ESPN Stats & Info, and they did it with young superstar Chucky Lozano’s goal in the 35th minute.Mexico, despite possessing the ball only 41 per cent of the time, had Germany on its heels all match. El Tri made Die Mannschaft look lackadaisical on defence and on offence, Germany had few clear chances despite a walloping 26 shots — twice the number Mexico took. No wonder there were so many tears on Mexico’s sideline after.

Germany, at least, may take some solace knowing the World Cup holders haven’t won their opening game in four of the last five tournaments. The only ones to do it were Brazil in 2006, per The Guardian.