Were there earthquakes in Mexico City as fans cheered their team’s upset win over Germany in the World Cup? Yes.
Although Low admitted that his side need to improve, he also insisted that his tactics will remain the same for Germany’s remaining matches.
Osorio had to endure vociferous criticism after a 7-0 defeat by Chile at the Copa Centenario in 2016 and again after their performances at the Confederations Cup past year, including a semi-final defeat to Germany.
“Since no one shirks responsibility, we had already talked a lot after the game, on the bus and at every meal”, he said. “I barely felt like watching the match, because I thought we were going to get badly beaten”.
Brazil, and their star Neymar, made their bow in Russian Federation in Rostov-on-Don but gutsy Switzerland battled back to cancel out a Philippe Coutinho strike midway through the first half of the Group E tie.
Brazil took the lead in the first half thanks to a long-range curling effort by Barcelona striker Philippe Coutinho in the 20th minute. Our finishing wasn’t good. Overall we had our chances but did not score.
While most of the German media has naturally concentrated on Die Nationalmannschaft’s shortcomings in their first game in Russia, Lahm praised Juan Carlos Osorio’s Mexico for a “very impressive” performance. We have to work on it (both) on and off the pitch. “That can happen because at a World Cup you come up against tough opponents”.
Coach Joachim Loew has been sharply criticised for taking too long to react with substitutions but Neuer said it was not about making changes to the team that will face Sweden.
The Germans played a flawless qualification winning all 10 games, conceding just four goals in the process, and also clinched the Confederations Cup past year.
“Tomorrow we have to look forward and put this behind us”.
Rafael Marquez became just the third player to appear in five World Cups, joining his compatriot Antonio Carbajal (between 1950 and 1966) and Lothar Matthaus (1982 to 1998) of Germany.