World Cup 2018: Germany promise to bounce back after Mexico humiliation

first_imgGermany were humbled to a 1-0 draw by Mexico in their opening game of the World Cup, but coach Joachim Loew sounded confident the world champions would quickly make amends.The shock loss has already thrown the defending champions plans for the world cup into disarray with the 2014 World Cup winners being caught on the break throughout the game.Loew said while he was not planning to overhaul his plans for the remaining Group F matches against Sweden and South Korea, his team would bounce back.”We will draw our lessons from this defeat and will do it better next time,” the 58-year-old said. “We will certainly not throw our plans overboard. We will not deviate form our path, we just have to find our strengths again.”Mexicans throng streets at home after shock win over GermanyThose strengths are their attacking game and solid defence and both were painfully missing from their game against the Mexicans, who caught them on the break seemingly at will.”It is an unusual situation for us but one we must accept. We did not play our usual offensive and passing game,” Loew said.Earthquake detected in Mexico after Lozano stuns Germany”We will analyse it. The team has enough experience to deal with it and we will rise again.””Mexico deserved the win. Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with just Jerome (Boateng) and myself in the back,” said centre back Hummels, one of several Germans who will not want to watch a replay of Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal.advertisementFIFA investigating homophobic chants by Mexico fans”We were warned days ago (in the warm-up games). We played exactly like we did against Saudi Arabia (when Germany won 2-1) only against a better opponent. That’s why the first half was like it was and Mexico obviously deserved to win it.” The historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano’s goal. The 22-year-old scored in the 35th minute with a low shot past Manuel Neuer. The goal led to wild celebrations in the stadium and back home in Mexico.Such was the magnitude of the celebration in Mexico that it caused an “artificial” earthquake according to SIMMSA, the body that monitors and analyses seismic activity in the country.The Germans have a stellar tournament record under Loew, having reached at least the semi-finals in every World Cup or Euro tournament since he took over in 2006. Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEThey have also not been eliminated at a World Cup group stage since 1938 when the tournament had a different and smaller format. Since then Germany have managed to qualify for the knockout stage or the second group stage, as was the case in 1978, every time.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.They next take on Sweden before facing South Korea and they must win both if they are to make sure of a spot in the knockout stage.”One thing I will not be doing is think about the round of 16. What we need to do now is do our homework and win our next game. We are under pressure.”It will not happen to us,” he said when asked whether Germany would fall in the group stage. “We will make it.”last_img

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