Germany manager Joachim Low said it felt as though his Germany side were "jinxed" as the defending champions at Russia 2018 were rocked 1-0 by Mexico in Group F at Luzhniki Stadium.
Mexico’s pace going forward proved to be the difference at when Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez broke free to set up Hirving Lozano, who rifled his shot low to Manuel Neuer’s right on 35 minutes. It proved to be the decisive goal.
“It’s a situation we’re not used to at all,” Low admitted in his post-match press conference. “This is a situation we have to accept of course, there can be obstacles to overcome. And in the next match we have to be much better.”
Low, who has managed Die Mannschaft since 2006, admitted it seemed his team, winners in 2014 in Brazil, were “jinxed” as nothing seemed to go their way against a well-supported Mexican team intent on counter-attacking. Low believes ‘El Tri’ prevented Germany from imposing their usual way of playing, and that meant their World Cup hinged on their remaining World Cup games versus Sweden and South Korea.