MOSCOW, Asia's Alireza Faghani was tasked with refereeing the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F encounter between defending champions Germany and Mexico, which the Mexicans won 1-0, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.
Low must lift his team for their next Group F game against Sweden on Saturday, while Mexico know a win against South Korea on the same day would give them a wonderful chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
Their positive approach was rewarded with the only goal of the game after 35 minutes when Hirving Lozano finished off a flowing counter-attacking move with a crisp drive. The goal sparked wild celebrations inside the stadium as the travelling Mexican fans could not believe their eyes as the PSV Eindhoven forward slotted the ball past Manuel Neuer at his near post to put the El Tri into the lead.
Lozano's victor made the earth move in Mexico City, where seismologists detected a minor tremor possibly caused by "widespread jumping during the goal". Their last defeat in a first game was to Algeria in 1982, and since then they had averaged three and a half goals.
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"We actually had the wake-up call against Saudi Arabia". "We will not change the way we play". In that matchup, Leon Goretzka scored a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes, Timo Werner added one in the 59th, and the Germans rolled to a 4-1 victory.
Commentators anxious that family tensions could distract the players from their goal of winning World Cup matches.
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MOSCOW-Germany didn't play the way it usually plays.
But Mexico were creating by far the better opportunities and coach Juan Carlos Osorio was soon awarded for his flawless tactical plan.
The result wasn't the only point of concern for coach Joachim Low, however, as the Germans looked uncharacteristically vulnerable on the break.
Osorio was certainly living up to his pre-tournament promise. "With all respect, I think in the first half of the match that we were the superior team". "In the second half, we were able to press more, but Mexico drew back and then carried the ball forward fast".
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.
The defending World champion Germans, who seek to become the first country since Brazil in 1962 to repeat as World Cup winners, want to make an early statement in what should be their most hard test of group play, while Mexico want to prove they belong among the world's powerhouses.
Supporter Miguel Paez, who donned a Mexican wrestling mask in the colours of the national flag, said: "We aspire to win a World Cup this time".