Germany vs Mexico
10th game of the FIFA World cup 2018 – Russia, and it is the very first game for the defending champions Germany – 2014 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Mexico to be held on 17th June 2018 18:00 local time, “Sunday night football” at Luzhniki Stadium, a historic stadium in Moscow. The stadium has already hosted the opening game and will also be where the winners of the finals lift the world cup.
XI’s for both the teams should be:
|Manuel Neuer||Guillermo Ochoa|
|Jerome Boateng||Hugo Ayala|
|Jonas Hector||Hector Moreno|
|Mats Hummels||Miguel Layun|
|Leon Goretzka||Edson Alvarez|
|Sami Khedira||Giovani Dos Santos|
|Toni Kroos||Marco Fabian|
|Mesut Ozil||Hector Herrera|
|Mario Gomez||Rafael Marquez|
|Thomas Muller||Raul Jiminez|
|Timo Werner||Hirving Lozano|
|Coach – Joachim Low||Coach – Juan Carlos Osorio|
Lukas Podolski, Mario Gotze and Bastian Schweinsteiger are not part of the 23 players’ squad for this world cup. Coach Low seems to continue with his strategy of firing with young guns, we will have to wait and see if he hits bull’s eye twice.
Osorio is one of the most successful managers in the past 12 years and hopes to take the Mexican Spearheads into the Quarter-finals and break the jinx of having to return home after getting knocked out from the Round of 16’s in the last four occasions.
Diego Reyes will not play the world cup due to his hamstring injury which could be a setback for the team as he is one of the key players who could fit in multiple positions. Erick Gutierrez will be his replacement on paper but coach Osorio has Edson Alvarez who will fit Diego’s shoes well. The young & talented Hirving Lozano a.k.a Chucky will be the one to look out for.
Mexico is all set to make their mark as they have the right setup – the Coach, skilled – young players, support from not just one but two nations – Mexico and the USA. The further this teams goes prouder will the Mexicans be and if they could do the unimaginable i.e. for the rest of the world, winning the world cup would earn them great respect and glory but before that they will have to concentrate on the game at hand.
Germany is confident, strong, focused and well prepared. Coach Joachim Low has set his eyes on the World Cup already, his head may be in the sky but his feet are firmly set to the ground. He is a man of spirit, hard work and technique the reason for his consistency.
Thomas Muller, Timo Werner, Mario Gomez, Mesut Ozil, Jerome Boateng are the pillars on whom the German fans World Cup dreams are residing. Stegen, Jonas Hector, Ginter, Draxler, Leon Goretzka are also strong players who are a part of the squad.
Progression of the match as follows:
- El Tri will have the crowd roaring right from the 1 st second and pierce through the German
defense and will have some minor chances to take the lead by the 15th Minute.
- Germany will not let it go that easy and will take a shot right from center field at the goal, the
Mexicans as high spirited as they are wont mind risking a yellow card or two for the price of
denying German their goal to level till first half.
- Its Half time – some rest, time to reconsider strategies and look for way to score. We all know
Germany is really strong on the technical side.
- It is Germany who will take the lead in the Second half and cruise to the 1 st spot in the group.
Mexico can only try real hard and manage a draw and share a point with Germany.