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El Tri may have caused small earthquake back in Mexico City


It was impossible to ignore the magnitude of Mexico’s 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday, and it apparently caused waves all over the world.

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Although a large contingent of El Tri fans were present in Moscow, Russia for the team’s win over the defending World Cup champions, it wasn’t comparable to the scenes back home.

Supporters were reportedly so enthused by the match that it’s quite possible they started a minor earthquake in Mexico City.

The earthquake reading came at 11:32 am ET, right around the time when Hirving Lozano gave El Tri the lead over their Group F opponent.

Lozano, Mexico top Germany in thrilling Group F opener

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El Tri’s form wasn’t impressive heading into the World Cup, but they erased a lot of doubt on Sunday.

Mexico knocked off Germany, 1-0, in their Group F opener at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, after Hirving Lozano’s first-half strike.

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Lozano scored his first World Cup goal in the first half, after Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez picked out a great pass to put Mexico in front following a counterattack.

Both goalkeepers were tested early and often on the day, with Mexico particularly coming out to a flying start against the reigning World Cup champions.

The finish came just two minutes prior to Toni Kroos’ brilliant free kick, which was kept out by an equally-incredible save by El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

As Mexico began to sit back further in the second stanza, the Germans took control of the game, however, the European side struggled in the final third.

Joshua Kimmich was among the threats for the Germans, after nearly scoring an acrobatic bicycle kick off of a low cross from Jerome Boateng.

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

El Tri will take on South Korea on June 23 in their second Group F matchup, while Germany meets Sweden that same day.

Video: Lozano capitalizes on perfectly-timed Mexico counter

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El Tri was flying from the start on Sunday, and Juan Carlos Osorio’s side has been rewarded for their high pressure.

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Hirving Lozano has given Mexico a 1-1 lead over Germany after Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez picked out the PSV Eindhoven winger on a counterattack.

Lozano latched onto the pass darting through the German penalty area, before cutting back onto his right foot and beating goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at the near post.

Mexico spot, hope to exploit weakness in Germany’s defense

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MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has spotted a weakness in Germany’s defense.

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The Colombian said Saturday that Germany’s four-man backline leaves itself open to being hit on the counterattack because it plays too high up the field.

“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.

Still, that doesn’t mean Mexico will sit deep and try to play on the counter, Osorio added.

“I believe 100 percent in our players and I think that with our midfielders we can fight for ball possession,” he said. “We will not change the way we play. We have our style in the Mexican national team, and we’re going to match up their game.”

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Mexico can go “head to head” with Germany in the middle of the park, Osorio said. He singled out Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira as particular threats in the Germany lineup, given their ability to distribute the ball.

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa called on his defenders and midfielders to break up Germany’s rhythm.

“We have to stop their flow. We can’t let them move forward toward the goal,” he said. “They’re also very good at set pieces.”

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One area where Mexico needs to improve is scoring goals after netting just once in its last four friendlies — and that was against Scotland, which hasn’t qualified for the World Cup in the last 20 years.

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.

“I really believe that we have enough talent to be able to score against Germany and that’s what we hope for tomorrow,” he said. “We scored three goals against Iceland, and Argentina only scored one.”

WATCH: World Cup, Day 4 — Brazil, Germany, Mexico in action

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Saturday’s slate of 2018 World Cup fixtures is complete, which means it’s time to turn our collective attention to Sunday, Day 4 of the tournament.

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While Saturday was all about Lionel Messi and Argentina debuting in Russia, Sunday is even more loaded with stars — both individually and collectively: Neymar and Brazil take on Switzerland, while the defending world champions, Germany, faces CONCACAF giant Mexico.

Costa Rica and Serbia will do battle in the day’s early, less heralded game, which says everything about the quality of games on the whole.

Below is Sunday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Sunday, June 17

Group E
Costa Riva vs. Serbia: Samara, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
Brazil vs. Switzerland: Rostov, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group F
Germany vs. Mexico: Moscow, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE