Mesut Ozil back from injury for Germany’s World Cup opener

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Germany have averaged 3.5 goals per match in their opening games of the World Cup since they last lost an opener - 36 years ago against Algeria.

Low must lift his team for the next Group F game against Sweden on Saturday, while Mexico knows a win against South Korea on the same day would give it a wonderful chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen. Find out by following our live matchcast. Leon Goretzka scored twice in the first eight minutes on the way to a 4-1 win in Sochi.

Mesut Ozil was torn to shreds on Twitter for his performance in Germany's shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico at the World Cup.

They have been battering teams in World Cup openers for as long as any of the players on this pitch could remember.


Moreno got a yellow card for timewasting as half-time approached, but Germany were suddenly looking ragged, with passes going astray as they tried to make headway around the Mexico area.

Mexico supporters outnumbered Germany fans at the Luzhniki Stadium and made nearly all of the noise, roaring their team forward. He outpaced Jerome Boateng and with a less than flawless pass found Lozano, who controlled the ball, cut inside Mesut Ozil, held off a charging Toni Kroos and slotted past Manuel Neuer.

Well, how wrong we were, as Hirving Lozano's stunning counter attack goal against Germany has shown.

However, Ozil will be featuring alongside Draxler and the seemingly undroppable Thomas Muller, stretching his incredible run with the national side across all major tournaments to 26 matches.


The German title defense starts with a familiar foe in Mexico.

Kimmich lashed over from 25 yards and then Werner went to ground on the edge of the Mexico area, only for play to be waved on.

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was called up to five World Cups but played in only four of them, with Gianluca Pagliuca starting for the national side in 1998.


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