Thousands of exuberant Mexican soccer fans took to the streets Sunday to cheer their national team’s long-shot win against Germany in Mexico’s first match of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament.
There were quite a few surprises in this weekends matches at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 1-0 stunner, with Hirving Lozano scoring the winning goal, has given Mexicans hope that their team might win the tournament for the first time ever. Mexico has competed in the FIFA World Cup since the sporting event kicked off in 1930. The highest it has ever advanced is to the quarter-finals, placing sixth in both 1986 and 1970, VOA reported.
Germany is the big favorite to win Group F which consists of Sweden, South Korea and Mexico.
Mexico still has to play the other 2 teams in their group. Next Saturday they are scheduled to play South Korea and on June 27th Sweden.
Lozano’s goal set off such a commotion that seismic detectors in Mexico City registered a false earthquake, which the geological institute said may have been generated by “massive jumps” across the city. Spectators who had gathered to watch the match on a big TV screen in the central Zocalo square screamed with joy after the score.
Mexico’s win was not the only upset at The World Cup. Group E favorite and one of the favorites to win the entire tournament Brazil managed to only pick up a tie and earn a single point in the standings as their math ended in a 1-1 draw against Switzerland. Brazilian star Neymar had an underwhelming performance.
In another upset Argentina failed to win their opening match at a World Cup Tournament for the first since 1990 as they tied with Iceland in their match on Saturday. Iceland played their first ever World Cup match.
The first round continues for the next two weeks, after the “round of 16” begins as 16 teams will be eliminated. The tournament ends in Mid July , with the final on July 15th
The United States did not make the World Cup for the first time since 1986.