Germany's defence was poor in defeat to Mexico

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He said the win, the first against Germany in a World Cup by Mexico, highlighted the team's quality.

Contrary to the urgency shown by the four-time winners in the second half, the defending champions were stuttered in the first 45 minutes.

There were more anxious moments in the second half as Mexico's goal came under repeated threats from Germany but the determined Mexican side continued to hold off the reigning champions, who hadn't lost an opening game in a world cup since then-West Germany was beaten by Algeria in 1982. Juan Carlos Osorio's men have played some brilliant football against lesser opposition but crumbled in the face of more quality ones.

Commentators anxious that family tensions could distract the players from their goal of winning World Cup matches.

Being defending champions can bring it's own brand of pressure.

After speculation that Mesut Ozil would be dropped for Germany's clash against Mexico, Joachim Low gives playmaker the nod. "Now it is about survival at the World Cup".

"We all dream of playing in a World Cup - and to start in such a positive and important way - I think it's my best goal so far".

The World Cup match between Germany and Mexico will be broadcast live on FS1.

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Minutes later, Germany were within a whisker of an equaliser when Kimmich's pullback was met by a Kroos strike that whistled past the post before Kroos found Draxler, who stepped away from one defender but had his strike blocked by another.

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It wasn't Low's only call to backfire.

When German centre back Mats Hummels lost possession deep in the Mexican half, Javier Hernandez was released through the middle. With Niklas Sule and Antonio Rudiger waiting in the wings, Low is unlikely to remain patient much longer.

There was also some sad news in the Mexico camp on Monday, with Carlos Vela confirming that his grandfather passed away back in Mexico.

"The phrase today was to play for the love of winning, not for the fear of losing", Osorio said through a translator. If we play out our ideas then we have players who are able to deliver.

'We can compete with them.

A local supporter, Miguel Paes, said: "We aspire to win a World Cup this time".

"Hirving [Lozano] at speed is such a influential player; without space, when he can't use his speed, we get into the debate over whether we need a winger that can succeed more through craft than speed. Yesterday we practiced defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that was how we nearly got the second goal today".

El Tri managed to get the best of Die Mannschaft through a brilliant display of counter-attacking football that managed to dismantle the Germans and catch them flatfooted.

So desperate was the German search for an equaliser that they were nearly caught out twice on the break; Miguel Layun the guilty party for Mexico on both occasions.

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