Shock win over Germany could help Mexico overcome last-16 jinx

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Back in Moscow, chants of "sí se puede, " or yes we can, rang out around the stadium as Mexican fans started to believe that the beloved national team known as El Tri could indeed complete an unlikely victory.

"It's the best goal I've scored in my entire life".

"They've always done things like that", 53-year-old fan Magdalena Martinez said Sunday of the partying Mexican players.

Germany were a shadow of their all-conquering self with the Mexicans springing a trap and the 2014 World Cup winners were caught on the break throughout the game. Neither of those teams advanced from the group stage.

Germany hit back, Toni Kroos rattling the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick that needed the fingertips of a scrambling Ochoa to keep it out, but Mexico barely clung on to their advantage.

"Our motto was play with the love of winning and not the fear of losing", Osorio said after the match, Reuters news agency reports.

Exultant supporters who seemed to outnumber Germans in the crowd of 78,011 sang "Cielito Lindo (Lovely Sweet One)", the well-known lilting refrains of "Ay, ay, ay, ay, canta y no llores", imploring everyone "sing and don't cry". The squad had not lost a World Cup opener since 1982 and won its four previous initial matches by a combined score of 20-2.

But on Sunday night, the reigning champions became the latest big team to fall victim to a shock result, with an opening game defeat to El Tricolor.

Lozano, a 22-year-old forward from the Dutch league nicknamed "Chucky", got Mexico going with a deflected shot over the bar in the first minute.

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Mexico can go "head to head" with Germany in the middle of the park, Osorio said.

In his first competitive start since September 16 because of injury, Neuer was kept busy saving a stinging long shot from Hector Herrera in the 10th, then a header shortly after a free kick.

A remarkably open start saw Timo Werner sprint in behind the Mexico defence before dragging across the face of goal, while Mats Hummels shot straight at Guillermo Ochoa after a botched clearance.

However, North America are exhausted during the second half and Osorio has said that a number of his players have been feeling unwell in recent days.

Reigning champions Germany were strong favourites heading into the tie against Juan Carlos Osorio's side, but the pendulum swung in Mexico's favour when PSV Eindhoven winger Lozano converted one of their risky counter attacks towards the end of the first half. Mexico repeatedly targeted the right flank to great effect with Lozano given the freedom to run the channels.

The reverberations after Lozano's angled strike had nestled into the bottom left-hand corner of Manuel Neuer's goal could be felt all the way from Moscow to Mexico City.

"Any team that tries to play with a back four at the halfway line is exposed with 35 meters in behind them and they are not an exception", he said a day before his team takes on Germany in Group F at Luzhniki Stadium.

Those recent struggles were evident from the outset against a vibrant Mexico, who scarcely gave their more illustrious opponents a chance to settle during a pulsating opening.

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