FIFA probes chants by Mexico fans for homophobia during Germany game
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 20, 2018,
Jun 20, 2018, 1:25
Mexico has a rich soccer tradition, but major victories - and advancement - in the World Cup have been elusive. We played exactly like we did against Saudi Arabia (when Germany won 2-1) only against a better opponent.
Toni Kroos crashed a shot against the crossbar for Germany but they were never able to get back into the match as they slid to their first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982.
Mexico only lost one game in qualifying and have reached at least the second round of every World Cup they have played.
In the 35th minute, one counter attack broke through, with Chicarito sending a through ball to teammate Chucky Lozano to give Mexico a 1-0 lead that would hold for the match.
"(Osorio) deserves this win the most", said midfielder Rafael Marquez, who is playing at his fifth World Cup.
Osorio's strategy against the four-time champions was speed on the wings with the 22-year-old Lozano, his fastest player, and Miguel Layun.
"It's the best goal I've scored in my entire life".
The World Champions nearly leveled the scores soon after, only for "keeper Guillermo Ochoa to tip Kroos" superb free-kick onto the bar. The team has a knack for offering a glimmer of hope for a run towards the semis, and then immediately stumbling once the tournament is down to 16 teams.
"Possibly by massive jumps during the goal by Mexico in the World Cup".
Leroy Sane of Germany looks on during the International Friendly between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 10, 2017 in London, England.
"We will not suffer that fate", German coach Joachim Low said through a translator.
Reuters (h/t ESPN) reported the chants were heard when Die Mannschaft goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was preparing to take a free-kick in the first half, although some El Tri supporters have said there's no homophobic intent. Four years ago, the Germans did not lose any games and, en route to the title in Rio de Janeiro, they defeated France, Brazil and Argentina.
"There are just two or three players who can score two or three goals per game, (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo and Neymar, who can shake things up with a stroke of individual genius".
Germany are ranked number one by Federation Internationale de Football Association for a reason and they beat Mexico 4-1 on their way to last year's win in the Confederations Cup, so it was inevitable that a response was coming. No World Cup team since 2006 has taken as many shots without scoring. As Rory Smith wrote in The New York Times, "For six months, Osorio had worked on a blueprint just for this game".
One female fan, a flag in her hand and the national colors painted on her cheeks, screamed: "We are an Aztec warrior force!" "What's most important is for Mexican football to grow". "We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us".
"We are here to let out all of that happiness that we have bottled up", she added.