Mexico Snatches Germany’s Opener in World Cup ’18

Mexico shocked Germany with a surprising win in the group stage opener last Sunday. The strike may or may not have rattled the defending champion’s dream to win a second consecutive World Cup championship.

2014 FIFA tournament champion Die Mannschaft was taken aback by the defeat. It was the first time the German side has lost their opening game since 1982.

Hirving Lozano: The Man of the Match

Most viewers were rooting for the current reigning champion. But that didn’t stop Mexico’s Hirving “Chucky” Lozano to hit a shot past German goalie Manuel Neuer.

Moreover, Mexican fans cheered and jumped in celebration of Chucky’s winning goal which he described as the best goal of his career.

Interestingly enough, several seismic monitoring networks theorized the crowd’s jumps as the cause of an artificial earthquake in Mexico City.

Meanwhile, the winning strike overwhelmed El Tri’s Coach Juan Carlos Osorio that he had to sit down and do breathing exercises.

Osorio said that the team showed that they have a bright future and he is very satisfied with what they did. “We played with bravery when it was needed and also defended with all of our hearts,” Osorio added.

Germany’s Coach Joachim Löw praised Mexico’s performance in the game. But he is confident that they will bounce back in their next matches.

What are your thoughts on this unexpected event? Let us know in the comment below.

 

 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Starts Tomorrow

Words by Monique Pamintuan

Tomorrow, June 14, the much-anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will finally kick off. Happening every four years, the World Cup is an international football tournament where men’s national teams of FIFA’s member associations compete against one another.

2014 FIFA World Cup RECAP

Before the 21st FIFA World Cup begins, let us relive some moments from the past World Cup that took place in Brazil last 2014.

Surprise goal. United States’ John Brooks, who had only played as a substitute, unexpectedly scored three points which gave his country a winning goal at the World Cup. The moment surprised even Brooks himself and got him saying “Oh my God, have I actually just done that?!”

Heroic blocks. Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico’s goalkeeper, made four remarkable saves which became the highlight of the Brazil vs. Mexico 0-0 match.

Up, up in the air. Who could forget Netherlands’ Robin van Persie, the footballer who made an exceptional blastoff through the air that scored a goal? His act became an internet sensation which his grandfather also copied by doing a landing stance on the floor.

Once Again, History is Made. During their match against Belgium, Tim Howard, another phenomenal goalkeeper, made a record-breaking number of 16 saves in a span of 120 minutes for the United States. This beat the performance of any other goalkeeper in a single match in the World Cup history.

A Record FTW. Germany’s Miroslav Klose also broke a record by giving his team 16 goals over four World Cup competitions, with the last one earning the German footballers the 2014 FIFA World Cup championship title.

What are your favorite moments from the 2014 tournament? Tell us who you’re rooting for in this year’s World Cup in the comments below.