Despite losing to Germany 4-1 in last summer's Confederations Cup semifinals, Mexico played well in that match and seeks a result to build positive momemtnum as it goes in search of that elusive place in the quarterfinals.
Joachim Low's men haven't enjoyed the best preparations as they have only won one of their last six matches leading up to the tournament. In the second we knew full well that Germany have an outstanding team.
Germany will take on Mexico on Sunday in their World Cup Group F opener. In two World Cups, the 28-year-old already has 10 goals to his name, two behind the great Brazilian Pele and six behind fellow countryman and all-time tournament scoring leader Miroslav Klose.
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Germany, meanwhile, face an uphill task to become the first team to win back-to-back World Cups in 56 years.
Hirving Lozano finished off a terrific team goal to seal a surprise victory over the defending champions in the first major shock at Russian Federation 2018. Due to injuries, we had to change some of our protagonists, but we always thought of having two fast players on the wing, " Osorio said.
Germany's mix of youth and experience, and their penchant for an attacking brand of football right from the beginning has been well-known, but the defending champions didn't expect their opponents to beat them at their own game once it got under way. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio and the players have stated they are up to the challenge and are not afraid.
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Egypt, competing in a first World Cup since 1990, also expected to have midfielder Tarek Hamed available following a back problem. A video clip showed a cake coated in the colors of the Egyptian and Chechnya flags sitting on a table in the team's hotel lobby.
Mexico supporters outnumbered Germany fans at the Luzhniki Stadium and made nearly all of the noise, roaring their team forward.
Welp, that didn't go as planned for Germany.
"Tomorrow we will start thinking about [South] Korea because this World Cup is not only about the opening game", said Hernandez. Fate, and the World Cup draw, had other ideas.
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