Mexico City, June 18: Mexico’s 1-0 victory over reigning World Cup champions Germany in their FIFA World Cup opener sent the country into a frenzy, with many fans now certain that their team can make it further than ever before in Russia.
Before Sunday’s match, Mexico had never defeated Germany in an official competition.
“Mexico played the best match it has played in many World Cups,” Jaime Alvarez, a 36-year-old public servant.
“What I didn’t like was that they played defensively from very early on. I would have tried to take them forward, it is easier to win when you have the opponent in their own half,” he added.
“It seemed to be a very good structure at first, always in front, and the pause came at the right moment,” said Gabriela Rodriguez, 31, wearing a Mexican shirt.
“The final moments was very tense, there were many errors by Mexico in the second half that could have been avoided and opportunities that were not seized upon,” she added.
Alvarez and Rodriguez agreed that if Mexico can maintain this level of play against Sweden and South Korea, it can break its curse and finally reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russia, which it has never done since 1986. IANS