Round 1 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals has shown that in football, anything is possible.
For starters, there was the side that entered the tournament after barely squeezing in during the qualifying stages, ranked 36th in the world, almost derailing the number seven squad.
For those who don’t follow or care for football, we are writing of the 2 – 1 win by France over Australia that was ultimately decided by penalty kicks and a clanger.
It is no true surprise therefore, that number 15 Mexico was able to get by defending champions and world number one Germany by the score of 1 – nil.
The occasion marked the first time Germany has lost their opening World Cup game since 1982.
Hirving Lozano netted the decider on 35 minutes and marked only the second time Mexico has ever beaten Germany. The game was held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
It may be too soon to declare Germany dead and in danger of not making it beyond group stage for the first time in their World Cup participation, but not even the most optimistic and ardent supporter of Mexican football could have envisioned the upset.
Germany started eight of the nine players it had when it won in Brazil in 2014, including recently returned knee injury sufferer Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer manned the goal for Germany.
The other Group F sides of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament have yet to take the pitch. The next to go is Sweden against South Korea. Sweden holds the number 24 world ranking, according to FIFA.com, while the Republic of Korea is currently at 57th, but as has become patently obvious, resting on laurels does not go very far when it comes down to a one-on-one match where the stakes are high.
Toni Kroos rattled the crossbar from a free kick, but unlike the Socceroos’ game, Mexican keeper Ochoa was able to get his fingertips on the ball and keep it out.