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Germany had won every one of their previous tournament openers at European Championships and World Cups since Joachim Low took over as coach in 2006.

Mexico found themselves in similar situations, often on the desirable end of a 2-on-1 or a 3-on-2 positions but for the final pass to let them down. The Colombian coach will look to avenge the 4-1 defeat in Sochi previous year after steering Mexico comprehensively through World Cup qualifying - they lost just once in 16 games, the sole defeat coming after their passage to Russian Federation had already been confirmed.

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Late in the first half, Toni Kroos' free kick was tipped by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa off the crossbar.

"We aspire to win a World Cup this time", said Miguel Paez, a 31-year-old who donned a Mexican wrestling mask in the colors of the national flag as he celebrated on Mexico City's main avenue, Paseo de la Reforma. Its great to start on the right foot, against the reigning world champions.

"They are the best team in the world", goalscorer Lozano said, describing his strike as "the best goal of my life". This is a team which, despite winning all 10 World Cup qualifying games, suddenly looks not just human, but vulnerable.

Mexico took control after that and looked the more risky team on attack with Manuel Neuer pulling off a great save to deny Hector Herrera from long range in the 11 minute. But coach Vladimir Petkovic's Swiss players kept their composure and dominated in midfield for long spells in the Group E match.

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They looked to test Ochoa twice in quick succession from distance early in the second half, but failed to trouble the Mexican keeper. Hirving Lozano banged the ball home on a counterattack.

Being a shrewd campaigner, Lozano is also good at heading the ball and shooting the ball from distance.

"Someone must tell Ozil to catch a wake up". The Germany manager is said to be unhappy with his decision to meet with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Ozil also has more competition for places in the German team than in recent years.

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Low's side had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup match since 2006 (Portugal v England, 29 shots in a 0-0 draw).

Germany hadn't been beaten in their opening World Cup match since 1982, which made Mexico's victory all the more impressive. "It's a situation we're not used to at all".

"What happened hey, what happened hey, to the Germany that was going to beat us today?" the crowd chanted as the final score became apparent.

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