MOSCOW – When the ultimate whistle blew, Mexico midfielder Miguel Layun sank to his fingers and knees on the turf and was embraced by his shirtless teammate Carlos Salcedo.
If Layun was overwhelmed by his crew’s 1-Zero victory over defending World Cup champion Germany, his coach wasn’t. Neither had been the sombrero-clad Mexican followers who appeared to be partying nonstop on the streets of Moscow within the days main as much as Sunday’s match.
Within the second half, they confidently chanted “Mexico, Mexico,” and “Ole, Ole, Ole” when their crew had the ball, which was far lower than half the time as Mexico sat again defending and weathered a livid German comeback bid.
The primary half proved decisive. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who known as it a “milestone” win, mentioned his crew executed his sport plan to close perfection.
“Within the first half we managed to play defensively with a substantial amount of intelligence. We might have scored a lot earlier,” Osorio mentioned. “With all respect, I believe within the first half of the match that we had been the superior crew.”
Mexico is hoping to finish a streak of six straight World Cups the place it has misplaced within the spherical of 16, and in a bid to finish that streak Osorio added a psychological coach to his workers in 2016. He has tinkered together with his lineups continually. However his plan for attacking Germany by counting on his wingers’ velocity did not change.
It was a kind of quick-strike artists, Hirving Lozano, who scored the lone objective, profiting from the room Germany and proper again Joshua Kimmich gave him to run.
“We had drawn up a plan six months again or so. Attributable to accidents, we needed to change a few of our protagonists, however we at all times considered having two quick gamers on the wing,” Osorio mentioned. “We selected Hirving, who’s our quickest participant.”
Lozano did not downplay the importance of his objective, a clear strike to beat German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after he caught Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil shifting within the mistaken course.
“It is undoubtedly the very best objective I’ve ever scored up to now in my whole life,” the 22-year-old Lozano mentioned.
Osorio substituted each Lozano and Carlos Vela within the second half in a bid to guard his benefit.
“We needed Carlos to provide us his all for 60 minutes,” Osorio mentioned. “I believe that 60 minutes was all we had in our funds at the moment. It saddened me to take him off, however that was at all times our plan.”
Mexico will subsequent face South Korea earlier than concluding group play towards Sweden.
“It is a nice sport. We’re going to have a good time it responsibly and we’re going to put together for the subsequent match,” Osorio mentioned.
The Mexican followers in Russia and again house will not need to be fairly as accountable of their revelry. In the meantime, Osorio hopes the remainder of the world will pay attention to his gamers, a few of whom he thinks have not gotten the possibilities they deserve in European leagues.
“I believe this can be a milestone for Mexican soccer. I believe now extra consideration will likely be paid to Mexican gamers,” Osorio mentioned. “What’s most essential is for Mexican soccer to develop.”