Mexico stun Germany as Brazil are held at World Cup

Mario Tama  Getty ImagesA boy from Santa Marta favela with his Panini World Cup sticker book Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2014

Mario Tama Getty ImagesA boy from Santa Marta favela with his Panini World Cup sticker book Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2014

The earth shook Sunday in Mexico, but it wasn't an natural disaster. Being categorized as an artificial natural disaster, the shake came after Hirving Lozano scored the game-winning goal in the 35th minute of the match.

Brazil threw players forward in the dying minutes of the match and had numerous goal scoring chances, but they could not find the back of the net as Switzerland stood firm to earn a point as the match ended all-square.

Germany must now worry about a similar outcome to their title defence and Sunday's defeat was their first opening day World Cup loss since Algeria claimed a shock win in 1982.

"I can't coach a team who complains". Not just his general fitness, which was clearly below what it could be, but his sharpness, a burst here and there that we might expect from a peak Neymar that was absent.

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Willian heads into World Cup in Russian Federation having scored 13 goals and provided 12 assists for Chelsea last season, helping the Blues to the FA Cup.

Meanwhile, Rafael Marquez entered the match late for Mexico, making him the third player in World Cup history to appear in five tournaments.

Looking cumbersome and slow, Hummels and Boateng had little support as their holding midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos joined the attack, leaving the pair to battle against two or even three opponents at a time.

Brazil went all out in pursuit of a victor and came agonisingly close to finding it as Coutinho and Miranda lashed wide from inside the area while Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino were denied by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

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"In the second half we pressed more but Mexico dropped back and played on the break".

Germany registered 25 shots to Mexico's 12, but many were from long range and failed to seriously test Ochoa.

"Until we scored the goal there was a lot of pressure".

Germany's path through Group F includes a match against Sweden next Saturday, and it then faces South Korea on June 27.

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