Osorio says Mexico players dealing with small flu-bug

Dean Simpson
June 20, 2018

Lozano's victor made the earth move in Mexico City, where seismologists detected a minor tremor possibly caused by "widespread jumping during the goal".

The form of Joachim Loew's side is another concern though, an unconvincing win over a Saudi Arabia outfit thrashed 5-0 in the World Cup opener represents Germany's lone victory since romping through qualifying with maximum points. Neither were the sombrero-clad Mexican fans who seemed to be partying nonstop on the streets of Moscow in the days leading up to Sunday's match.

"What happened today was an quake of joy for us - just imagine, we beat the world champions!" said Laura Villegas, a 45-year-old merchant who downed her beer with tequila in one gulp.

At 39, Marquez is no longer an everyday starter on for Juan Carlos Osorio's side, but was brought to Russian Federation despite some significant bumps along the way, and has now joined the very slim list of players with the longevity to play in five editions of the competition. They identified a clear weakness in Germany's system and duly exploited it, with Lozano benefitting the most through his goal. "We have our style in the Mexican national team, and we're going to match up their game".

Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception.

The 22-year-old scored 19 in 34 games for PSV Eindhoven in the season just ended and this was his eighth in 29 for Mexico. "We will certainly not throw our plans overboard".


Loew, who has been in charge since 2006 and recently signed a contract extension to 2022, also raised eyebrows a few weeks ago when he did not include Leroy Sane, the English Premier League's young player of the year, in his final World Cup squad. "It wasn't my boyfriend or my husband, so as long as they continue to play well, who cares".

Hirving Lozano's first half goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as Die Mannschaft struggled to break down Mexico's low block, with the likes of Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Timo Werner noticeably absent.

"I don't know if it's the biggest victory in (Mexico's) history, but one of the biggest for sure", Lozano said.

With key players tiring in the second half, Mexico pulled back and substituted both Lozano and Carlos Vela. I will not be the one to discover they are very good at distributing the ball.

"This is a great game".

As striker Javier Hernández said, "We only need to obey his orders".


The Mexican fans in Russian Federation and back home won't have to be quite as responsible in their revelry.

"If we go on like this, I'll be anxious", he added. "I don't really understand why we played like we played because, really, we already had our wake-up call". By the final minutes, the tired Mexicans were playing more with their hearts than with their feet.

In response to criticism that Mexico doesn't score enough, Osorio pointed to his team's 3-0 friendly defeat of Iceland in March, and Argentina's 1-1 draw with the same opposition Saturday.

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 20th minute, with a stylish volley that beat goalkeeper Yann Sommer, bouncing in off the right post. Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda out of the way before meeting a corner from Xherdan Shaqiri. There is video of what happened and the referee could have seen it. "We have to win it".

Brazil will next face Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg, while Switzerland faces Serbia in Kaliningrad on the same day.


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