Match Preview – Germany begin their World Cup defence against Mexico

Germany will on this afternoon begin their 2018 FIFA World Cup defense in a Group F match at the Luzhniki Stadium against Mexico.

Much has changed since that Mario Gotze’s late goal won Germany their fourth World Cup at Maracana some  four years ago, with some experience players like Philip Lahm and Miroslav Klose retiring from the national team.

The changes seem not to have affected Joachim Low and his technical team as they breezed through the World Cup qualifying round unbeaten, they won all their ten matches and scored 43 goals in the process and conceded just four, they summed it up with triumph in the FIFA Confederations Cup last year with a youthful squad.

Germany humiliated Mexico by 4-1 at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Sochi when they met in the quarter finals stage of the competition.

Mexico however had a good run in their quest to the 2018 FIFA World in Russia am they lost just once in 16 matches played, their only defeat even came after they had booked qualification to the Mundial.

Germany will hope to have a good start as they did in 2014 against Portugal where they won by 4-0, Mexico will have to work beyond themselves to cause a shock this afternoon.

Possible line-ups
Germany: Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector; Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos; Thomas Müller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner​

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Carlos Salcedo, Hugo Ayala, Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun; Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado; Carlos Vela; Jesus Corona, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano