As it happened: Lozano strike stuns Germany as Mexico hold on for famous win

Mexico shocked Germany 1-0 as the World Champions got their campaign underway.

As it happened: Lozano strike stuns Germany as Mexico hold on for famous win
Will Germany get off to a strong start? (photo: VAVEL)
Germany: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Plattenhardt (Gomez, min. 79), Khedira (Reus, min. 60), Kroos, Muller, Ozil, Draxler, Werner (Brandt, 86).
Mexico: Ochoa, Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo, Layun, Herrera, Guardado (Marquez, min. 73), Vela (Alvarez, min. 58), Lozano (Jimenez, min. 66), Hernandez.
SCORE: 0-1, min. 35, Lozano.
REFEREE: Alireza Faghani (IRA). Yellow cards: Muller (min. 83), Hummels (min. 85), Herrera (min. 90).
INCIDENTS: World Cup group F encounter between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
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Anyway, that's all we've got for you now. If you want to relive the action check out our report from Mexico's famous win and join us for Brazil vs Switzerland which kicks off at 7pm. I've been Matt Dawson. Thanks very much for joining me. 

Chicharito talked about Mexico winning the World Cup before the game. That may be a step too far for El Tri but after today's win they'll be hoping they've finally found a side capable of going beyond the last 16 in a foreign World Cup. 

Dare I say that Germany missed someone direct? Leroy Sane anyone? They look laboured and sluggish throughout. Only one team have ever won the World Cup after losing their first game, Spain in 2010. On today's evidence, it'll take something special for them to win it for a consecutive time. 

I've only just about caught my breath back. That was a terrific game of football. Mexico played with amazing heart. They were brilliant in attack and admiral in defence. Osorio got his tactics spot on. It'll be back to the drawing board for Germany who looked a shadow of the team who won the competition in 2014. 

What a game, what a performance from the Mexican's. Their players are in tears! Germany lose their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1982. It's the first time Mexico have EVER beaten the Germans. 

FULL TIME: MEXICO HAVE DONE IT, THEY BEAT GERMANY 1-0! 

92' Germany corner. MANUEL NEUER IS UP BUT MEXICO HOLD ON! 

90' Boateng drives a tame effort from outside the box which Ochoa holds on to. Mexico are just moments away from a famous result. Three added minutes. 

89' Mexico are holding on for dear life here and Julian Brandt has just rattled the post from distance. Desperately close for Germany. Into the dying embers here. 

87' CHANCE FOR GERMANY! And it's a big chance too for Mario Gomez who heads wide. It's probably their best chance of the game but the big man can't direct his header goalwards. 

86' A final change for Germany. Julian Brandt replaces Timo Werner. 

84' Kroos drives one towards goal but Ochoa saves. Buckle up everyone, this could be a dramatic final five minutes! 

82' Layun has found himself in so much space at numerous times in this second half and he gets another chance but drags the ball high and wide for Mexico. 

81' Three versues two for Mexico on the break as they throw bodies forward to try and seal victory but Jimenez's attempted ball towards Layun is poor as he plays it straight into a German body. 

79' Off comes the German left back, Plattenhardt, and he is replaced by a striker in Mario Gomez. 

78' Layun leads a breakaway for Mexico as they look to extend their lead and put the game to bed. He has no one in support so goes on his own but puts it over the bar. 

77' Bodies on the line for Mexico! Alvarez throws himself in the way of Draxler's effort as it deflects for a corner. 

76' Kroos hasn't been at his best today, and that's an understatement, but he's had Germany's two best chances. He hit the bar earlier and he's just placed a shot wide from the edge of the box. 

73' A moment of history. Rafael Marquez comes on for Guardado to become just the third man to play in five World Cup campaigns. The former Barca man takes the armband. Can he inspire his team to hold on? 

72' Mexico legs are getting weary. The intensity with which they have played at for the majority of this game is now telling and it could be a long final 20 minutes for Osorio's team to hold on. 

70' Strong appeals for a Mexico penalty as Layun plays in Hernandez. He goes down under pressure from Hummels but the referee waves away the protests. No need for VAR on this occasion. 

67' The World champions are coming closer but two chances have gone begging again. Draxler first sees an effort deflected out for a corner, and then when the resultant set piece is worked short and then played in, Werner hammers over from close range. 

66' Hirving Lozano has been exceptional but his day is over. On comes the taller figure of Raul Jimenez. 

66' Mexico sitting deeper now and understandably so. Germany have found it difficult all game to try and pick the lock. El Tri haven't allowed them any room inbetween the lines. 

65' Boateng lofts a ball in and Kimmich tries an acrobatic over head kick, the likes of which Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have scored so superbly in recent times - but the German's effort doesn't match those as it goes over. 

60' Germany's first throw of the dice to try and get back into the match as Marco Reus replaces Sami Khedira. 

58' A first change of the game as Edson Alvarez comes on in place of Carlos Vela. A defensive substitute for Mexico as the former drops into a deeper midfield position.  

57' It really should be two for Mexico, who two-on-one spurn an excellent opportunity to double their advantage with Hernandez's attempted pass to Vela on the edge of the box over hit. The ex-Arsenal man would have had a brilliant chance if his team-mate could have found him. 

54' Joachim Low's team continuing to press as Ozil moves the ball left towards Draxler whose effort is deflected for a corner which Mexico end up dealing with. 

53' Germany still playing with a lack of intensity against a resolute Mexico side in this second half. Kimmich next to try his luck to no avail. 

51' Boateng plows through the back of Hernandez on the half way line and Mexico have a free-kick. 

48' First chance of the second 45 falls to Plattenhardt for Germany who strikes one from range but it's a routine save for Ochoa. 

46' Back underway in the second half. 

Germany were all over the place in that first half. They've not been at the races and despite creating a few chances haven't looked threatening at all. Mexico, on the other hand, have been the opposite. They've set up perfectly and are harming the German's on the break time and time again. 

A lot of the talk in the build up to the game was whether Hirving Lozano could burst onto the world stage and he has well and truly delivered so far. He has been fantastic on the left hand side and it's his goal that separates the sides going into half time. 

HALF TIME: Germany 0-1 Mexico. 

46' Into one additional minute at the end of the first half. 

45' Vela has been at the heart of everything good Mexico have done so far this afternoon and he almost makes it two, curling the ball just wide from the edge of the area. 

39' AGAINST THE BAR! Almost an equaliser for Germany as Kroos' free-kick hits the cross bar. Ochoa got finger tips to it and it's an excellent save to put it onto the bar. Mexico are then able to scramble the ball away. 

35' Well, well, well. Do we have a shock on the cards here? It's no more than Mexico deserve as they go 1-0 up. Mats Hummels comes steaming in on the half way line to try and win the ball but Javier Hernandez gets there first and plays a one-two. He then finds himself in so much space in the middle of the pitch and slides in Lozano who checks back past the defender and then fires the ball home from close range. 

35' GOAL MEXICO! Hirving Lozano. 

34' Mexico are cutting Germany apart in the final third of the pitch but they can't quite find the final bit of quality necessary as Layun is inches away from getting on the end of a ball from Vela. 

26' From every German set piece Mexico are leaving three men forward which means they are able to break quickly each time they clear the ball. El Tri manage to drive forward again from the same situation and Lozano runs at the defence on the left before finding Layun who can't find the target with his shot. 

22' Germany coming into the game more now and Ozil is starting to make things tick. He rolls the ball out wide for Draxler who then has the ball taken off of him by Kroos and his shot is saved. 

20' The shots on goal continue to come thick and fast here but neither side are causing any real danger for the respective goalkeepers. Timo Werner the next to go close but hits a shot straight at Ochoa. 

18' So close yet so far for the Mexican's again. Lozano leads a charge through the middle of the pitch and then finds Herrera. He picks out Hernandez who has acres of space inside the box but he can't quite sort his feet out and the chance goes begging. 

15' Kimmich whips a ball in and Mexico almost go behind through an own goal as Salcedo puts it just wide of his own net. Frantic start here. 

14' Mexico proving to be the better team early on and they have another chance to take the lead. Layun's free-kick from the right is met by Moreno but Neuer saves. 

12' Mesut Ozil's first opportunity to carve out a chance as he plays a delightful ball into Kimmich who has made an advanced run forward but he can't pick out a German player from the byline and Ochoa claims easily. 

10' Good interlinking play in the middle of the park from Mexico which results in a chance for Hector Herrera who drives a shot from range but it's kept out by Neuer. 

8' Fantastic open game so far here in Moscow and Carlos Vela is the man pulling the early strings for Mexico. He drives forward before winning a free-kick in a promising position. The dead ball from Layun, however, is put over the bar. 

7' Muller wins a corner for Germany which is taken short. The ball is worked out to Draxler and it then bobbles around the penalty box before Hummels strikes an effort from the edge of the area which is comfortable for Ochoa in the Mexico goal. 

3' Germany's time to get forward as Werner runs down the right channel and receives the ball from Kimmich but pulls his shot wide. 

1' It's a lightening quick start for Mexico who almost take the lead after just a minute. Vela plays in Lozano who gets the ball out of his feet inside the penalty area but Boateng slides in to make a tremendous block to keep the scores level. 

KICK-OFF: Mexico get us underway, here we go! 

Time for the anthems, Germany first, swiftly followed by Mexico's which is absolutely belted out around the stadium. 

The players are in the tunnel and we are moments away from kick-off.

El Tri will need their main man fit and firing if they are to have any chance of beating Germany who should be too much for their opposition today. They may not have come into the tournament in great form but they have a knack of going deep in competitions. 

West Ham's Hernandez has been speaking to the BBC ahead of the game today. Talking about Mexico's experiences and their chances he said: "It's one of the good things we have [experience]. A lot of our players have played in Europe and I think we have a very good mix. We have a lot of good things. I want to win a World Cup. Every team has the same possibilities. Our main goal is to win it." 

Mexico were also at the 2017 Confederations Cup, but have rather less pedigree on the international stage than Germany. They have never been beyond the last 16 in a World Cup outside of their own country, having reached the quarter-finals just twice in 15 finals appearances. 

Germany are aiming to become the first team since 1962 to retain the World Cup. They have fantastic history in this competition and it wouldn't surprise a lot of people if they did achieve a second consecutive title. They did, of course, win the Confederations Cup in Russia last year with effectively what was a B team. 

Marquez doesn't make the starting line-up so will have to wait a little bit longer for a possible appearance at a record-equaling fifth World Cup. There are still plenty of wise heads in the Mexico team, though. Andres Guardado starts in midfield next to Hector Herrera whilst Chicharito is chosen up top. The bushy haired Guillermo Ochoa is meanwhile in goal. Carlos Salcedo of Eintracht Frankfurt and Hector Moreno who plays for Real Sociedad are among those selected in defence. 

The Mexico side is open to interpretation before kick-off so we'll have to wait and see what formation they go with. The intrigue being where Juan Carlos Osorio will start Miguel Layun who can play in a number of positions. At this moment in time, he looks set to start out wide, with Lozano on the opposite flank and Vela behind the striker. 

It was thought that Mesut Ozil may be dropped for today's game. The creative midfielder missed the back end of the season with Arsenal through a back injury and also came under scrutiny for having a picture with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan alongside Ilkay Gundogan. However, Low has stuck with Ozil. No other player has started all 25 of Germany's major tournament games (excluding the Confederations Cup) since 2010 - and he is now set to start a 26th.

So Germany have a familiar look to their side. The regulars in Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller all start. Hertha Berlin's Marvin Plattenhardt is preferred to Jonas Hector at left back and the promising Timo Werner has been tasked with leading the line. 

Mexico team: Ochoa, Salcedo, Ayala, Moreno, Gallardo, Layun, Herrera, Guardado, Vela, Lozano, Hernandez. 

Germany team: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Plattenhardt, Khedira, Kroos, Muller, Ozil, Draxler, Werner. 

Just under an hour to go now before we get underway and we have team news coming up for you very shortly. 

That's all your pre-match build up for now. Join us around an hour before kick-off for confirmed team line-ups and more analysis ahead of the game. 

This game is being played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the site of the 2008 Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea. The 81,000 capacity stadium is hosting four group games, one of which was the opening game, as well as one last 16 match, a semi-final and the final. 

Also in this group are Sweden and South Korea who meet on Monday, and behind Germany, this group could be really open in terms of who also qualifies for the next stage. It's set up to be a very intriguing group, and Mexico may well rely on results they get in their other two fixtures with their hardest test coming in their opening match. 

The Mexican squad features many familiar faces, with their record scorer, West Ham's Javier Hernandez, in the side alongside the likes of Carlos  Vela, once of Arsenal and Giovanni Dos Santos who played for North London rivals, Spurs. Rafael Marquez is now meanwhile 39 and could become just the third player to play at a fifth World Cup - matching the achievement of compatriot Antonio Carbajal in 1966. 

Germany will have to be extremely wary of Hirving Lozano, who comes into the tournament as Mexico's main man. He had a fabulous season with PSV, winning the Dutch Eredivisie, scoring 19 goals in the process. 

Mexico could provide stern opposition, though. El Tri as they are known have lost just two of their last seven games, but their often inconsistent performances mean it's difficult to tell just how they will fare in Russia. For the first time ever their World Cup squad is made up of players predominantly playing outside of their domestic league, Liga MX. Meanwhile, 17 of their players have experience of playing in Europe. 

We all know Germany's pedigree at a major tournament but they come into this tournament not in the greatest of form, having won just one of their last six fixtures. That victory was a slim margin of 2-1 against Saudi Arabia who were torn apart by Russia in the opening game of this tournament. However, it's very likely they'll be able to turn their fortunes around once their campaign gets underway on Sunday afternoon. 

Mario Gotze was the hero for Germany four years ago but there is no room for him in the squad on this occasion. There is also no place, very surprisingly, for Manchester City's Leroy Sane. The winger had an outstanding season in front of goal and in terms of assists as his club side won the Premier League - but Joachim Low has preferred Julian Brandt

This is of course our first opportunity to see the reigning World Champions, Germany, in action as they kick off group F proceedings against 2015 Gold Cup winners, Mexico. The Germans are rightly hotly tipped again to bring the trophy home from Russia following an excellent campaign four years ago. They demolished hosts Brazil in the knock-out stages in 2014, before going on to beat Argentina after extra-time in the final. 

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of Germany vs Mexico at the 2018 World Cup. I'm Matt Dawson and I'll be taking you through today's game which is due to kick off at 4pm BST. Keep following VAVEL for live updates.