Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Germany coach rues 'very bad' first half in Mexico loss

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Cassandra Castillo | 18 June, 2018, 00:42

Germany coach Joachim Loew admitted the reigning World Cup champions were made to pay for a poor first half as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Mexico on Sunday. Manchester City's 21-year-old striker was a surprise choice given the more experienced players on the pitch, but it is Tite's policy to spread the responsibility.

Back when Brazil played England at Wembley last Autumn, Dani Alves bore the responsibility with great honour, but has had to sit out of this World Cup due to injury.

The Mexican government reported an artificial natural disaster "possibly due to mass jumping" after the first-half goal during the 35th minute of the 2018 World Cup game against Germany, the defending World Cup champion. Having already beaten the North American side in last year's Confederations Cup 4-1 their confidence was high but everything came tumbling down in Moscow, Russia.

Mexico only lost one game in qualifying and have always reached at least the second round of every World Cup they have played.

Germany have lost just once in 11 matches against Mexico and have beaten them in all five of their meetings at major global tournaments, including a 4-1 drubbing in last year's Confederations Cup.

The magnitude of that task is not lost on Loew.

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"Teams develop and change, players finish their careers and you must bring in new players which makes it the most hard achievement".

It is true that few would bet against Germany turning things round in their remaining games against Sweden and South Korea, but all is clearly not right with the four-times winners.

"Nevertheless, we can compete with them. We think we have a good chance to match up with them and go head to head against them", he said.

And former Barcelona star Rivaldo, who tasted World Cup glory in 2002 and scored 35 goals in 75 appearances for Brazil, believes anything less than victory is unacceptable.

Russian authorities said it was an accident.

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