Mexico 1-0 Germany
Mexico pulled off one of the World Cup’s most audacious heists thanks to six months of meticulous planning by a manager the country despised — until now.
PSV forward Hirving Lozano grabbed the winning goal, but it was hate-figure boss Juan Carlos Osorio who worked out that the Germans’ security measures were not impregnable after all.
That goal sent shockwaves through the world and especially Mexico City, where an ‘artificial earthquake’ was put down to the pounding of joyous feet.
Osorio, a former student at St John Moores University in Liverpool and a coach at Manchester City, has been facing calls to quit pretty much since the day he was appointed almost three years ago. Vilified for being a tinkerman — using 50 players in 50 matches — he has also been slated for being over-analytical and, perhaps above all, a Colombian.
There is nothing Osorio can do about that, but he can now tell his adopted countrymen how he became the first coach to defeat Germany in a World Cup opening game in 36 years.
‘We had drawn up a plan for this match six months back or so,’ Osorio revealed, referring to last December’s World Cup draw. He noticed Germany defend high — but with slow defenders.
‘Due to injuries we had to change some of our key players at the last minute, but we always thought about two quick men on the wing,’ he explained. Osorio had decided the best form of defence was attack, to the extent he left three forwards on the halfway line when defending set-pieces.