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Germany boss Joachim Low says he has a fully fit squad, including Mesut Ozil, to choose from for Sunday's clash with Mexico and has tipped Timo Werner and Julian Draxler to shine at the World Cup.

Lozano's goal at the Luzhniki Stadium earned Mexico just the second win over Germany in history, as Loew's side paid the price for a dismal first half. The West Ham striker had a disappointing season, scoring only eight goals in his first season with the London club. We did not want this situation. Should Mexico be able to hold on and win the group, and assuming Brazil recovers from its surprising stumble of a draw against Switzerland, Mexico could escape to the knockout round with a much more favorable matchup, and potentially finally break through to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1986.

Yours truly could not have missed the Sunday service after the first hectic week of the World Cup action.

Mexico will face South Korea in its next game on Saturday in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

"The team has experience dealing with losses".

Thousands gathered to view the match on a big TV screen in the central Zocalo square, and celebrated Mexico's win parading around the iconic Angel of Independence monument waving Mexico flags and wearing traditional "sombrero" hats. Interestingly, Thomas Muller admitted that Mexico had outsmarted them with a vastly changed game plan. "We have to focus on our strong points".

"We have 3 matches in the group phase and we have ample opportunities to correct this result". "Mexico did well on the counter-attack, especially - they caught us several times".

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In the city's massive main square, families in Mexican football jerseys had watched on a giant screen in front of a towering cathedral as Mexico beat Germany 1-0 in Moscow.

After Sami Khedira lost possession, Javier Hernandez triggered a lightning counter before finding a charging Lozano, who cut inside a covering Ozil and lashed low inside Neuer's near post to spark deafening roars from the sizeable Mexico support.

They took to the game to the world champions, didn't accept their would-be status of second-best here and set the tone for the match with some brilliant early attacking play.

Mexico custodian Guillermo Ochoa made a brilliant save to keep out a Toni Kroos free kick in the 35th minute while Germany essentially laid siege to the Mexican penalty area in the final 20 minutes.

With talk back home of a "historic victory" and sombrero-wearing supporters brightening and deafening the summer streets of Moscow, Mexico can dream of going better than a consistent record of reaching the last 16 of the last six World Cups and a couple of quarter-finals.

Germany nearly hit back four minutes later when Toni Kroos tried his luck from a 22-yard free-kick, but his effort was tipped onto the post by the Mexican keeper.