Stunned Germany hopes to avoid early World Cup exit

Real Madrid and Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas

Both literally and figuratively.

Mexico's FIFA World Cup goal that led its team to an upset win over Germany on Sunday triggered so much excitement that it may have caused what officials called an "artificial earthquake" in Mexico City.

Mexico stunned World Cup holders Germany yesterday, inflicting a 1-0 defeat that throws the Germans' title defence into disarray as Neymar's Brazil stuttered to a draw against Switzerland.

Mexico struck on 35 minutes as Javier Hernandez raced clear and picked out Lozano on the left.

"What happened today was an quake of joy for us - just imagine, we beat the world champions!" said Laura Villegas, a 45-year-old merchant who downed her beer with tequila in one gulp.

To defeat the reigning world champions and many pundits' favorites to lift the trophy again was special enough.

If Germany finish as group runners-up, they could face Brazil in a clash of World Cup titans in the next round - a ideal chance for the Brazilians to revenge the humiliating 7-1 defeat to the Germans on home soil in 2014.

"In the first half we played very badly, we were not able to impose our usual way of playing, attacking and our passing were not effective in the spaces, there were lots of counter-attacks and we had to get back".

In the case of Germany, there was a bit of fun related to the country's history in Russian Federation. Germany's captain conceded just four goals in seven games during the successful 2014 World Cup campaign and looked sharp in Moscow despite nine months on the sidelines.

The street parties are still ongoing Sunday afternoon in Mexico.

Mexico attacked often in the first half, creating a chance that perhaps Lozano should have converted early on.

However, one wonders what will happen if they make it to the final.

The country has been fined several times during World Cup qualifying play over the slurs.

In the second half, they confidently chanted "Mexico, Mexico, " and "Ole, Ole, Ole" when their team had the ball, which was far less than half the time as Mexico sat back defending and weathered a furious German comeback bid.



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