Holders Germany beaten by Mexico in opening match in Russia

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World Cup holders Germany have lost their opening match at this year’s tournament after they were beaten 1-0 by Mexico.

Winger Hirving Lozano struck a low shot past German keeper Manuel Neuer in the 35th minute to give Mexico a surprise win over the defending champions.

Germany now play South Korea and Sweden in their remaining group games but face an uphill task to reach the knock-out stages.

Joachim Low’s team won the World Cup four years ago in Brazil and were considered one of the favourites to win this year’s competition in Russia.

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Mexico’s Hirving Lozano celebrates his goal against Germany

They had a number of chances against Mexico but failed to convert any of them.

Joshua Kimmich tried his luck with an overhead kick, Julian Draxler saw a shot deflect over and substitute Marco Reus flashed a volley wide from a tight angle.

Toni Kroos tried his luck with a curling shot from outside the box as Germany grew increasingly desperate before another substitute, Julian Brandt, cracked a fierce 20-yard shot that hit the outside of the left post.

Mexico had a penalty appeal waved away when striker Javier Hernandez went down under a challenge from defender Mats Hummels, with the referee opting not to consult VAR.

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German fans cannot hide their disappointment

Germany’s defeat has raised questions about the decision to leave Manchester City winger Leroy Sane out of the squad following his tremendous season with the Premier League champions.

Spain in 2010 are the only team to lose their opening game and go on to win the World Cup.

Attention now turns to England as they prepare for their opening World Cup fixture against Tunisia on Monday.

On Sunday, the Three Lions squad arrived in Volgograd where they will play their first group game, with manager Gareth Southgate confirming he was told the players who will be in the starting 11.



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England players arrive in Volgograd

It comes as police officers across the UK are preparing for an increase in domestic violence during England’s World Cup games.

Several forces have joined the Give Domestic Abuse the Red Card campaign after research found domestic violence increased when England both lost and won matches during previous tournaments.

Meanwhile, UK police have been assured by Russian authorities that a taxi crash which injured eight in Moscow was an accident.

Mark Roberts, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for football policing, said his Russian colleagues were quick to share information and allay any concerns.



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