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Mexico's Marquez in 'great shape' at fifth career World Cup

20 June 2018

Considering Germany won it all in 2014, the 1-0 win Sunday from Mexico was impressive to say the least.

A global event which provides a stage like no other to show off your talents, and yesterday it saw Hirving Lozano propel into the limelight with a winning goal for Mexico in their shock 1-0 win over Germany.

It was the first time since 1982 Germany failed to win their opening game at a World Cup.

Mexico fans have long shouted an insult that gay rights groups argue is homophobic at keepers taking goal kicks. Federation Internationale de Football Association issued 51 penalties for homophobic incidents during qualifying games, but Mexico's fans were persistent offenders, leading the team to be fined during every home qualifying game before the 2018 contest and 11 times overall in qualification matches.

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SIMMSA Mexico, the body that monitors seismic activity in Mexico, reported the activity, explaining that it was possibly caused "massive jumps during the goal of the Mexican team in the World Cup". "We know the players on the pitch can deliver and take responsibility so for me it is more about readiness to play this tournament at 100 percent and not about personnel and changing players".

Low went on to blame a poor first-half performance.

"But as far as the meaning of it, I don't think it's anything to do with homosexuals, I think it is more whether, you know, you are going to chicken out as they say in the US or are you going to face the world and be courageous and be good".

Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo.

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"We weren't able to impose our usual way of playing, our attacking and passing was not effective", he said.

For the time being, Lozano's focus will be on helping Mexico qualify for the last 16 at the World Cup.

If ever there's a place to enhance your reputation, it's most certainly the World Cup.

"We have to try to put this behind us as quickly as possible".

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Mexico's Marquez in 'great shape' at fifth career World Cup