Germany can have work to do now, with video games towards Sweden and South Korea to return. But it has given up the wheel in the group to Mexico, which arrived in Russia with its most proficient, most skilled, most extremely regarded staff in years. It certainly now feels something have to be potential.
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Here’s how Mexico pulled off the upset of Germany:
90’ + 2: Mexico Clears
Gomez down in the field asking for a penalty. Salcedo calls him a cheat for diving. And the nook is cleared by Mexico!
90’: Stoppage Time
Mexico simply holding on now. The crowd is keen them on. You can really feel it contained in the Luzhniki. A failed probability for Germany leaves a number of of its gamers with their fingers on their heads.
84’: Mexico Tastes Victory
Mexico instantly has its fireplace again. They can style a win now.Long shot by Kroos, which Ochoa spills, however nobody there to leap on the rebound. Busting out, Hummels clatters a Mexican and he, too, get a yellow. Carbon copy of Müller’s.
83’: Yellow for Müller
Yellow for Thomas Müller, who whacks down Herrera to cease a possible breakout. Mexico instantly has its fireplace again. They can style a win now.
82’: Layun Misses Again
Layun will get one other open look. And fires one other off-target shot. But the Germans are getting caught now as they press ahead: instantly it appears equally probably that they’ll give up a second earlier than they get a primary.
80’: Gomez on for Germany
Ageless, good-looking striker Mario Gomez on for Germany, which withdraws Plattenhardt from its protection.
78’: Layun Breaks Free, however Mexico Misses
A turnover sends Layun on the break towards Plattenhardt, and sends Neuer scrambling again from the place he had drifted close to midfield. But a minimize and a protracted shot yield solely a German purpose kick.
74’: Here Comes Marquez
Marquez on for Mexico!!!! What a second. This is his fifth World Cup, placing him in elite firm.
Only his countryman Antonio Carbajal and Germany’s Lothar Matthaus have performed in 5 (Gigi Buffon of Italy made 5 groups however solely performed 4 tournaments.)
But Marquez is right here in uncomfortable circumstances: he’s on a poisonous watch checklist stored by the Treasury Department, which has accused him of economic coping with an accused Mexican drug kingpin. (Marquez shouldn’t be accused of drug offenses.)
72’: Alvarez Hit in the Face
Reus will get two bites on the apple after Boateng feeds him in the precise facet of Mexcio’s penalty space. His cross is deflected proper again at him after hitting Alvarez, the substitute, sq. in the face. Reus slashes on the return ball, sending in large of the purpose. But Alvarez is bleeding now, so we’ll pause for therapy.
70’: Chicharito Goes Down
A little bit of controversy right here: Chicharito was in, stored onside by the farside German defender, after which he’s muscled down by Hummels. The offside flag is up although, and in order that spares the Iranian ref the argument of whether or not it was a penalty.
68’: Another Opportunity for Germany
Draxler, after which Werner, each misfire in fast succession. Those have been good possibilities, which appear to be arriving with a bit extra regularity now.
66’: Jimenez on for Lozano
Raul Jimenez on for Lozano, the goal-scorer. He leaves to cheers. And in all probability with an empty tank.
65’: Kimmich Threatens Goal
A cross to Kimmich in the world and, with the ball behind him, he tries to jackknife it over his head. The try sails simply over Ochoa’s bar, however he was nervous for a second that it will sneak beneath.
Not for nothing, however we’re properly over an hour in and Mexico is thrashing Germany on the World Cup.
64’: Germany Stacks Offense
Germany mainly enjoying with two on the again now: Boateng and Hummels. Everyone else is totally dedicated to breaking down Mexico, which has clearly misplaced the initiative it carried for many of the first half.
60’: Reus on for Germany
Löw counters with Marco Reus, an attacking midfielder, for Sami Khedira, who’s extra of a burly control-the-middle kind. That sends its personal message: “Here we come,” Germany is saying.
58’: Alvarez on for Mexico
First sub of the day: Mexico’s Edson Alvarez on for a clearly disappointed-to-be-coming-off Vela.
Alvarez, by the way in which, is a defender. So Orosio sends a sign there; he doesn’t like how the Germans have taken management, and he desires an additional hand again to assist.
56’: Kimmich Fools Ref
Kimmich pulled a quick one on the Iranian referee there. Relieved of the ball one on one close to midfield, he dropped after which pretended he’d been kick to win a free kick.
52’: Germans Slowly Taking Control
We’ve spent a little bit of time in the Mexican finish this half. It’s delicate, nevertheless it does have the emotions just like the Germans are establishing a vise and need to begin squeezing Mexico in it.
48’: Prophetic Words
A reminder that Juan Carlos Osorio instructed everybody straight out yesterday that Mexico was coming to play, Germans or no Germans. “We will not change the way we play. We have our style in the Mexican national team, and we’re going to match up with their game.”
46’: Can Germany Equalize?
Back beneath manner on the Luzhniki. Mexico now probing Germany on the different finish of the sector. But the half begins with far much less urgency than the match did.
Halftime: Mexico Leads, 1-Zero
Chucky Lozano’s first-half purpose — the product of some onerous work, and maybe an inevitable mistake by a German proper again who likes to wander upfield, has Mexico in entrance of Germany, 1-Zero, in Moscow.
That was a drag-race of a half by Mexico, which ran on the Germans at each alternative, and acquired some good possibilities out of it. But the Germans hit the bar, they usually’ve been in robust spots earlier than, so let’s not faux that is anyplace near over.
Rory Smith: There was positively a component of that Mexican-ness that was complicated the Germans in the primary half. They’ll have performed towards groups who sit and counter earlier than, and possibly groups who sit and counter this properly. But the Mexican motion is kind of uncommon — the assaults aren’t following the patterns you count on. They’re additionally doing all the pieces at INSANE pace, aren’t they?
45’: Germany Needs a Rest
One minute of added time. I feel everybody wants a break anyway. Frantic, hard-charging half by Mexico. Their tempo is actually placing the Germans beneath unusual strain.
43’: Mexico in Full Sprint Mode
Every Mexican rush seems like that sound you hear as a jet takes off. They comes upfield sprinting like they’re about to take off, too. The followers’ expectation is contagious. You’re nearly upset when nothing occurs.
39’: Germany Hits the Woodwork
Germany off the bar! With Hernadez screaming for Lozano to return again and defend, a Toni Kroos free kick clears the wall and is pushed onto the bar by Ochoa.
35’ GOAL! Mexico.
Hirving Lozano lastly makes the Germans pay on the left wing. Hernandez acquired the ball in the center and well despatched it out large to his left. Lozano, with Kimmich turned, cuts again inside and rockets a ball inside Neuer’s submit Mexico 1-Zero.
The Mexican followers are, um, happy.
Rory Smith: Oddly, Hirving Lozano — Chucky, to you and me — got here into this event beneath numerous strain. A 22-year-old winger who performs his membership soccer in the Netherlands, is at his first World Cup, and isn’t enjoying for one of many favorites shouldn’t actually have to deal with particularly excessive expectations, however he had been nominated, unofficially, because the most certainly breakout star in Russia. That purpose won’t assist the hype. It does start to justify it, although.
34’: Layun Again
Vela leads Layun juuuuuuuuuust too far in the middle of the German space. He was in, however the go was a yard too robust.
31’: Hernandez and Boateng Collide
BIG collision at midfield between Hernandez and Boateng, which is sort of a compact automobile vs. S.U.V. Both go down however by some means Boateng appears to have taken the worst of it.
28’: Mexico Keeps Pressing
Lozano (a pair instances) and now Vela have gotten free on Germany’s proper facet. Part of that’s certainly as a result of Germany’s proper again, Joshua Kimmich, performs roughly as a ahead more often than not. But Mexico has caught him upfield at the very least 3 times now on fast breakouts. Osorio clearly has recognized that as a spot he desires to use.
26’: Lozano to Layun Misses
Lozano lifts the Mexicans hopes once more. And Layun fires excessive over the bar once more.
25’: Mexico Begins ‘Puto’ Chant
There’s our first ‘Puto’ chant of the day. Mexico certainly can count on one more wonderful for that. Maybe, simply possibly, FIFA wants to boost the quantity, as a result of it isn’t going away.
24’: The Coaches
Mexico’s Osorio has been prowling his teaching field in white shirt sleeves, black slacks and people white-soled sneakers all of the cool children are carrying. Löw, on the opposite facet, is doing the identical. He’s in all black, pores and skin tight, and sneakers so white you can in all probability see them in the event you regarded out your window tonight.
22’: Chicharito Threatens Germany
Chicharito with an opportunity, as he drives into the world after which slips freed from two Germans. But in turning he runs into a pair extra, they usually know what to do about that.
21’: Ozil Dances — Slowly
Özil get slightly house on the left however — this won’t shock the Arsenal followers amongst you — performs it a bit too informal and Mexico scrambles again to cowl up.
20’: Mexico Escapes
Real hazard there as Ayala goes to clear a cross, misses, and Salcedo — shocked — practically turns the ball into his personal internet!
14’: Mexico Off to a Strong Start
A little bit of forwards and backwards and now Mexico wins a free kick on the precise. Great supply, however Moreno couldn’t get sufficient on it to bother Neuer. Mexico holding its personal; can’t inform if Germany is a bit gradual, or simply extraordinarily assured and untroubled.
eight’: Ochoa Handles Hummels
A lazy deflection falls to Hummels on the prime of the Mexico penalty space and his lazy shot rolls lazily into the arms of an unbothered Ochoa. So that’s not precisely an opportunity.
This is, although. Hummels clips Vela simply above the circle on the prime of Germany’s space. Layún stands over it.
But his shot sails properly over Neuer, fairly a feat since he’s 11 toes tall.
four’: Germans Get a Chance, however Miss
Timo Werner offers the Germans a fast look, however he pulls his right-footed shot large of Ochoa.
Neuer after which Khedira hear boos too. So apparently we’re simply booing randomly at this level.
1’: Here We Go
Like each recreation to this point, each groups come screaming out of the gate prefer it’s the Kentucky Derby. Hirving “Chucky” Lozano get the primary probability, breaking into the field from the precise however his shot is blocked. The nook yields a half probability, however Neuer flops onto it.
Jerome Boateng is actually listening to from the Mexican followers. Every contact is only a cascade of boos.
Getting Ready for Action
There is a powerful communal vibe — for now — in the concourses on the Luzhniki. But you then don’t must be a grasp reporter to know that 100-deep beer strains that don’t get ugly would appear to counsel that, no?
The vibe inside the world’s large bowl is identical. The Germans are swirling flags to the left of me, and the Mexicans are a wall of inexperienced to the precise. And throughout. And behind the Germans. Did they steal the Peruvians ticket-buying playbook?
“Eh … Putin?”
Randy Archibold, the NYT’s deputy sports activities editor and a former Mexico City bureau chief, writes:
As Mexico takes the sector for the primary time in this World Cup, it has as soon as once more been trailed by the talk over its followers’ propensity to chant “Eeeh …. puto!” to taunt the opposing goalkeeper every time he strains up and punts the ball upfield.
“Puto” is a homophobic slur, and the Mexican soccer federation has been fined a number of instances for followers’ use of it.
Last month, one among Mexico’s largest beer corporations, Grupo Modelo, introduced a campaign for its Victoria beer by suggesting followers shout “Putin!” as an alternative of “Puto.” The marketing campaign was shortly deserted, nonetheless, after widespread condemnation — together with from the Russian ambassador to Mexico.
“We are not so stupid to understand it’s a play on words,” said the ambassador, Eduard Malayán, in keeping with the Spanish newspaper El Pais. “We are not accustomed to shouting names or surnames of political personalities in our stadiums.”
Yet as Mexican followers arrived in Russia, information organizations quoted various them saying they plan to chant cheekily anyway, some sticking by “puto,” others contemplating utilizing “Putin.”
“It has become our battle cry,” the Mexican newspaper Reforma quoted a fan vowing to shout “puto.” The newspaper mentioned that even in the Moscow airport the mantra was rising up amongst arriving followers.