Russia is indeed booming because of this World Cup.
The German Machines will take on the Mexicans today. Two hot teams.
Date & Time of Match:
Sunday, 17 June, 2018; 4p.m/BST/11.a.m. ET
This is the 10th Match in the FIFA World Cup 2018 holding in Russia.
90′ + 1′ Into three minutes of added time, Germany are on the verge of beginning their World Cup defence with a defeat.
90′ Herrera picks up a late yellow card for a clumsy foul.
89′ OFF THE POST! The ball drops to Brandt on the edge of the area and the Bayer Leverkusen man smashes a ferocious attempt at goal which clatters the outside of the post.
87′ Was that the chance!? Gomez rises in the area to head at goal and you’d expect to see the net bulge. However, his effort sails over the bar.
86′ Third and final change for Germany, with Julian Brandt taking the place of Werner.
84′ Hummels now has his name taken for a clattering challenge, with his frustration clearly showing.
84′ SAVE! I’ve lost count of the number of times Kroos has tried his luck from distance but, barring the free-kick, hasn’t threatened Ochoa enough. It’s another comfortable save.
83′ Muller picks up Germany’s first yellow card of the game for a blatant shirt pull on Herrera.
82′ WIDE! Layun has space following another counter attack and he drives a fierce shot at goal but it whistles past the far post.
81′ Mexico are wasting golden opportunities to exploit on the counter, as Jimenez plays a very poor pass when they had a three against two advantage. Will it prove to be decisive?
79′ Second change for Germany and another very attacking one, with Gomez replaces Plattenhardt.
78′ OVER! Layun hits on the counter and has to do it all on his own, trying to beat Neuer from distance but his attempt isn’t good enough.
77′ Huge tackle! Germany ping the ball around, looking to make room, and Draxler looks to have an opening. He fires at goal but it’s crucially blocked and put behind for a corner, though Mexico’s defence remains firm yet again.
76′ Germany are running out of time but they remain patient looking for an opening. Kroos picks the ball up on the edge of the area and tries to guide an effort into the bottom left-hand corner but it’s wide of the mark yet again.
74′ Third and final change for Mexico, as Guardado makes way for Rafael Marquez to make an appearance in his fifth World Cup.
72′ A break in play as Gallardo receives treatment after taking a cross from Reus straight in the face.
70′ PENALTY SHOUT! Hernandez is found by a searching through ball and the West Ham man has the goal at his mercy. He comes under pressure from Hummels, falling to ground but he was certainly looking at it.
69′ Germany are throwing everyone forward, leaving just Boateng back to protect Neuer’s net. Mexico could exploit that if they’re a bit braver but they’re content with what they have at the moment.
67′ BLOCKED! Germany starting to find room as a cross floats over Salcedo and into the path of Draxler, who sees a shot deflected behind. From the resulting corner, Werner volleys over the bar.
66′ Second change for Mexico as goalscorer Lozano is taken off, replaced by new Wolves signing Jimenez.
65′ OVER! Kimmich latches onto Boateng’s cross and tries an acrobatic overhead kick, which loops over the head of Ochoa and lands on the roof of the net.
64′ Mexico have packed the defence to limit the space for Germany to exploit and they’re playing a lot deeper in the second half. The question is whether just one goal will be enough to secure the win.
62′ Into the final 30 minutes of the game and you expect both sides to have at least one clear-cut opportunity to find the net. Mexico would love to double their lead but Germany are dictating the tempo of the game.
60′ An indication of Low’s plans for the remainder of the match as a very attacking change is made. Reus enters the frame, replacing Khedira.
60′ Germany need fresh ideas and it looks like Low is about to make his first change, with Marco Reus getting stripped and ready on the sidelines.
58′ Tactical change for Mexico, as Alvarez replaces Vela in what is clearly a defensive change.
57′ Huge moment! Mexico hit on the counter again with two players charging through on goal, exposing the space left by Plattenhardt. Hernandez attempts to cut the ball across to Vela but he fails to get the ball under control.
56′ Mexico always travel well to World Cup tournaments and are being given an immense reception here. Every touch is being cheered by their fans, although they have their backs against the wall at the moment.
54′ Werner tumbles on the edge of the box, appealing for a free-kick, but the referee waves play on. Germany still to craft a direct opening, though Draxler sees a shot blocked and wins a corner.
52′ Germany are enjoying the lion’s share of possession in the minutes since the restart but they’re yet to find a way through the Mexico defence.
50′ Mexico will need to keep their heads throughout the match as Germany will certainly increase the pressure as the game progresses but they look solid for now.
48′ Doesn’t look to be a change of plan for Germany, as Kimmich continues to push forward and leaving plenty of room at the back.
46′ KICK-OFF! Germany get us back underway and need to improve significantly in the second period.
Joachim Low will be determined for his side to perform better in the second half and Werner, who has looked threatening when he’s found space in behind, needs to be given more of the ball. Hummels and Boateng need to improve at the back, as they’ve struggled in the first period.
Mexico have been fantastic in the opening half and thoroughly deserved their lead. They haven’t allowed Toni Kroos any time on the ball, while Hirving Lozano has been deadly down the left and it’s his goal that has been the difference. The last two defending World Cup winners have exited the competition at the group stage, could Germany continue that trend?
45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: GERMANY 0-1 MEXICO
45′ + 1′ There will be one minute of additional time.
45′ Vela tries to beat Neuer from distance in another counter-attack, with the ball whistling wide of the mark.
44′ Germany continue to look off the pace in attack, misplacing passes and wasting opportunities, while their defence is being torn apart by the pace of Mexico on the counter-attack.
43′ The last time Germany conceded first in a World Cup match and went on to win was back in 1998, versus Mexico (2-1). A good omen?
42′ There have been 9 shots on target in this game – the most in the first half of a WC game since Togo v France in 2006.
40′ Moreno picks up the game’s first yellow card for wasting time.
39′ OFF THE BAR! Kroos fires the free-kick at goal and forces a stunning save from Ochoa, who gets a fingertip onto the ball to tip the attempt up against the bar.
37′ Germany try to get level immediately, with Draxler juggling the ball inside the box but unable to get the ball away. Khedira then sees a shot blocked, before Kimmich was had his legs swiped out on the edge of the box. A free-kick in a very dangerous area.
35′ GOAL! Mexico lead 1-0! Lozano has been all over the Germany defence in the opening half hour and he’s finally got his reward. Hernandez leads the charge before feeding Lozano on the left, and the PSV ace then cuts inside and fires into the bottom left-hand corner from 12 yards.
35′ Brilliant awareness from Hernandez, who could have taken on Boateng himself but unselfishly presented the ball to Lozano.
34′ Mexico will be very happy with how they’ve performed so far, keeping Germany relatively quiet in attack and also causing their opponents problems when they push forward.
32′ Germany have won their opening game in each of the last seven World Cups, including scoring 20 goals in their last four openers.
31′ It’s a very physical game, with fouls all over the field, but we’re still yet to see a huge chance for either side. The play in the final third so far has disappointed.
29′ Germany are playing very risky at the back, providing encouragement for Mexico, and it’s only a matter of time before they get a clear-cut opening.
28′ Golden opportunity for Mexico on the break as Vela charges forward into acres of room but his attempt to cut a ball into the middle is blocked.
26′ Now it’s time for a Germany free-kick, which Kroos takes from the right. Hummels rises highest at the far post, heading back into the middle, but Mexico get it away.
24′ Mexico are winning a number of free-kicks in the attacking third but are yet to truly test Neuer or the Germany defence.
22′ SAVE! Germany starting to pepper Mexico’s goal with shots but Ochoa has dealt with any threat relatively easily. Kroos is the latest man to try his luck from distance.
20′ WASTE! Werner takes down a lofted ball superbly but his shot on the turn is tame. Draxler had space on the left and passing to the PSG man would have been a better option.
19′ There’s something you don’t see often, a foul throw at the World Cup. Boateng is the guilty offender.
17′ Germany look very dangerous when they go forward but Mexico certainly possess a threat at the other end. With Kimmich bombing forward from full-back, Lozano is finding plenty of space to run into.
15′ WIDE! Kimmich finds room on the right and whips it towards the far post, where Khedira misses the ball and Salcedo pokes just wide of his own post. The resulting corner is headed away but only as far as Draxler, who sees a strike from distance saved easily by Ochoa.
14′ CHANCE! Kroos concedes a free-kick for handball, believing he was fouled and grabbing onto it, but the referee isn’t interested in his protests. It’s whipped into the middle where Moreno gets a head onto the ball but isn’t enough to truly threaten Neuer.
12′ Mexico remain dangerous and Germany are certainly not getting things all their own way. The atmosphere within the stadium is absolutely rocking.
10′ SAVE! Herrera tries a pop from distance but Neuer is equal to the effort. Mexico are finding plenty of room behind Germany’s midfield, outnumbering Khedira and Kroos.
9′ Free-kick to Mexico in a dangerous central position, which Layun is lurking over. However, his effort is way over Neuer’s bar.
7′ Werner has big boots to fill stepping into the void left by the likes of Mirsolav Klose and Lukas Podolski after the World Cup triumph in 2014 but he’s impressing in the opening exchanges here, using his pace to create havoc for the Mexico defence.
5′ A fiery start to the game with attacking flair shown at both ends, though Germany are starting to settle into a controlling tempo.
3′ WIDE! Werner now showing his pace in the final third from Germany, latching onto Kimmich’s through ball but dragging a shot wide of the far post.
2′ Strong start from Mexico, as Lozano uses his pace to burst into the box from the left but has his shot blocked by Boateng. Layun curls a corner into the middle that bounces back towards the goal off Plattenhardt but Neuer snatches possession.
1′ KICK-OFF! Mexico get us underway in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Muller, remarkably, already has ten World Cup goals from his two previous tournaments after scoring five in both the 2010 and 2014 competitions. He’s six behind the all-time leading World Cup scorer Miroslav Klose, who surpassed Ronaldo’s tally of 15 four years ago in Brazil.
Germany are the overwhelming favourites to win Group F but the battle for second-spot could be extremely tight. Sweden, back at the World Cup for the first time since 2006, will fancy their chances of advancing to the Round of 16 for the third tournament in a row but Mexico and 2002 semi-finalists South Korea will give them a stern test.
This will be the fourth World Cup encounter between Germany and Mexico. The European nation are unbeaten in those meetings, with two wins and two draws.
Mexico will be keen to start strongly today and have named a rather attacking line-up in a 4-3-3 formation. Hernandez and Vela are both experienced at a high level but PSV Eindhoven’s Lozano could be one to watch for the tournament. He’ll be head-to-head with another younger player in today’s game, battling Kimmich down the left.
Joachim Low names a strong Germany side, with the major decisions being the selection of Neuer between the sticks after a lengthy battle with injury and Ozil getting the nod ahead of Reus. Six of the selected players started the World Cup final victory against Argentina four years ago.
Mexico subs: Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera, Marco Fabian, Raul Jimenez, Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos, Edson Alvarez, Rafael Marquez, Oribe Peralta, Jesus Manuel Corona, Javier Aquino, Erick Gutierrez.
Germany subs: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gomez, Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rudiger, Leon Goretzka, Julian Brandt, Marco Reus, Niklas Sule, Sebastian Rudy.
Mexico XI: Guillermo Ochoa; Carlos Salcedo, Hugo Ayala, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo; Miguel Layun, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano.
Germany XI: Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Marvin Plattenhardt; Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos; Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner.
Meanwhile, Mexico will be aiming to advance into the knockout stages of the World Cup once again and will hope to overcome the hurdle that has blocked their path in recent campaigns. In the last six World Cup’s, Mexico have fallen at the Round of 16 stage – including to the Netherlans in 2014.
Defending champions Germany are tipped amongst the favourites to go all the way again in Russia and Joachim Low has an exceptionally talented side to choose from. The last side to successfully defend their World Cup crown was Brazil in 1962, so the odds are stacked against them.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the Group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the two sides begin their campaign.