By Karolos Grohmann
MOSCOW, June 17 (Reuters) – Mexico sprang the excellent lure for self-confident and frustrating pre-sport favourites Germany on Sunday to take edge of the champions’ defensive weak point in their opening match at the Planet Cup.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio lulled the 4-time match winners into a wrong sense of security, fielding only a person out-and-out forward in Javier Hernandez and awarding their opponents possession of the ball.
The Germans had far more than 60 per cent of it throughout the recreation but were being unable make it count and split down a disciplined 4-male defence, which at each and every opportunity fed Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela and Hernandez for counter-attack after counter-assault.
The tactic left Germany’s central defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng painfully exposed at the back, gasping for air and not able to protect the substantial patches in their possess 50 percent still left open.
Looking cumbersome and slow, Hummels and Boateng experienced tiny support as their keeping midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos joined the assault, leaving the pair to struggle from two or even three opponents at a time.
Germany, who went into the video game having received all 5 past encounters at global tournaments towards the Mexicans, experienced no answer to that system in the to start with 50 percent and only upped the force immediately after the break.
They have only themselves to blame, even so, for the reason that the warning signs were there in their last warmup online games heading into the event.
A 2-1 reduction to Austria and a narrow 2-1 victory above Saudi Arabia had highlighted just that weak spot in the earth champions, with Germany caught napping by the reduced-ranked Saudis various instances all through their match.
Coach Joachim Loew warned his gamers that such performances would not have them significantly in Russia.
But he somehow failed to heed his have warning, refusing to substitute ineffective midfielder Mesut Ozil, who normally missing possession in the Mexican 50 percent, and preserving fast Marco Reus on the bench for an hour.
By that time, having said that, there was minimal he or fellow substitutes Mario Gomez and Julian Brandt could do.
The Mexicans had more than half a dozen chances in the recreation and should have made certain of victory a lot previously with far more clinical ending. But their win puts them in the driving seat in Group F, with Germany in the scarce placement of obtaining their backs to the wall. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann Enhancing by Hugh Lawson)