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Germany can still win World Cup, insists Timo Werner

18 June 2018

Mexico football fans are believed to have caused a minor quake as they celebrated their team's shock win over Germany at the World Cup.

Well, not everyone is in doubt.

It took Mexico 56 years to win a World Cup opener - their victory coming at the ninth attempt on home soil at Mexico 1986.

Mexico have enjoyed a much better start than Germany.

Berlin's Morgenpost wrote, "Germany have lost their way".

The world champions lost their opening game at a World Cup for the first time in 36 years as Hirving Lozano's first-half goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat in their Group F clash in Moscow on Sunday afternoon.

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In the space of 90 minutes, Germany went from being revered like Spain's 2010 World Cup winning side, to being faced with the pity and schadenfreude that befell the Spanish side of 2014. "In many previous tournaments we've always won the first match but we have to accept it".

Hummels felt Germany did not heed the warning of their final warm-up friendly against Saudi Arabia that ended in a tight 2-1 win, their only success in seven matches since the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign a year ago.

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

The reigning world champions struggled to cope with El Tri's pace and duly conceded on 35 minutes due to a swift counterattack finished off by Hirving Lozano.

"I'm pretty sure that the [Brazil] manager told [the players], "look what happened to Germany, look what happened to Argentina"... the players are telling each other, 'make sure that doesn't happen to us, '" Mourinho said.

Germany were the clear favourites as they took on Mexico in their opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, on Sunday.

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After Lozano's goal, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a spectacular save to keep the score level, palming Toni Kroos' shot onto the crossbar. Germany then dominated but when it broke through the Mexican defense, the shooting was poor. Juan Carlos Osorio's side were confident, brave, and were full value for their result.

By hinting at erecting a wall against Mexican soccer's advance, perhaps the Die Welt editors forgot the not-so-small matter of the Berlin Wall and the pain it caused their own country.

Kimmich's charging runs far up the field can be a blessing and a curse for Germany.

Kimmich is a risk-taking defender who likes to venture forward but will have to be careful against Mexico as Lozano is a very unsafe player and who when given space will exploit it to Mexico's advantage.

Incredibly, Mexico's reported that "mass jumping" after Lozano's goal sparked a small quake in the capital.

Following Mexico's unexpected win over Germany, one El Tri fan couldn't hold back his emotions and proposed to his now fiancé.

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Germany can still win World Cup, insists Timo Werner