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Mexico’s shock win over Germany was a seismic World Cup upset – and their fans proved it.
Germany’s surprise 1-0 defeat caused celebrations which were so fiery they set off earthquake detectors in Mexico City.
The single-goal shocker, where Hirving Lozano scored the winner for ‘El Tri’, sparked wild scenes in the country’s capital on Sunday night.
Thousands of supporters took to the streets on Sunday to cheer their national team’s long-shot win against the World Cup holders in Mexico’s first match of the 2018 tournament.
Mexico’s Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring the only goal for ‘El Tri’ against the defending World Cup champions.
Lozano’s goal set off such a commotion that seismic detectors in the capital registered a false earthquake, which the geological institute said may have been generated by ‘massive jumps’ across the city.
Spectators who had gathered to watch the match on a big TV screen in the central Zocalo square screamed with joy after the goal.
After the match, throngs of fans dressed in green converged around the famous Angel of Independence monument, bouncing with joy and waving the Mexican flag.
Groups chanted, car horns blared, whistles were blown and drums beat for hours after the match.
‘We aspire to win a World Cup this time,’ said Miguel Paez, a 31-year-old who donned a Mexican wrestling mask in the colours of the national flag as he celebrated on Mexico City’s main avenue, Paseo de la Reforma.
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GERMANY 0 MEXICO 1: KEY FACTS FROM OPTA
Key Opta Facts:
– Germany have lost their opening match at a World Cup for only the second time, also doing so in 1982 against Algeria (they went on to reach the final that year).
– This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the reigning champion has failed to win their opening match – Italy drew 1-1 with Paraguay in 2010, while Spain lost 5-1 against the Netherlands in 2014.
– Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup fixture since 2006 (Portugal v England, 29 shots in a 0-0 draw).
– Mexico have lost just two of their last 18 World Cup group games (W9 D7).
– Germany named their oldest starting XI for a World Cup match (27 years, 310 days) since the 2002 final against Brazil (28 years, 166 days).