Barring a few games, I have been watching keenly the games leading up to this one today, including the Portugal Spain six goal thriller. And by far, this was the best game to watch. Of course the fact that involved the defending champions is one thing, but the quality of play by the Mexicans both individually and more importantly as a team was breathtaking.
Beautifully organized, the composure on the ball was impeccable. The control of players, and the lightning break to pounce on every opportunity literally was edge of the seat entertainment. The goal had me getting goosebumps and Chicharito measured a pass across, as Lozano with one touch, took Ozil out of the game… and beat Neuer (wasn’t he unfit to even be selected for the squad) at his NEAR post!
This match could easily have been an embarrassment, as the Germans looked leggy. Joachim’s insistence of old stalwarts, names rather than form into the world cup might cost him this time around. Of course these are early signs, but the fervent desire of teams playing the game in its spirit can’t be outdone by players of a different class.
Lots to introspect for Germany, as Mexico looks well on course to round of 16.
Man of the match for me is Lozano, not only for his composure for the goal, but for his relentless defending and turning every move into a counter attack. He had Kimmich in his pocket all the time.