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"It's definitely the best goal I've ever scored in my entire life".

It promises to be an interesting match as World Champions Germany kick-start their campaign with a tough test against an experienced Mexico side. But, coach Juan Carlos Osorio recently steered the team in an exceptional way and is now at least hoping for a draw in their opener.

Germany launched a siege at Mexico's goal for majority of the second half but failed to come up with an equalizer, with either Ochoa standing in the way, or Mexico being able to put bodies behind the line of the ball to block the long-range efforts.

It will be a stiff test for Mexico, who is looking to break the curse of six-straight tournaments in which it was unable to get out of the Round of 16. "That's why the first half was like it was and Mexico obviously deserved to win it". The only time the ball was in midfield was when it was passing through to either end, with the teams combined for 18 shots.

Javier Hernandez raced clear from the halfway line before picking out Lozano on the left. The Mexico all-time leading scorer slipped a pass to a streaking Lozano on the right channel, where the PSV winger cut back to his right foot and beat Neuer low and inside the near post.

Low added of Saturday's clash with Sweden: "The next game is now more important".

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But despite the loss - the first for a German team in a World Cup opener since 1982 - coach Joachim Low remains confident that his side will progress to the knockout stage in Russian Federation.

Germany's preparations for the tournament were plagued by poor results and controversy, and their problems were magnified in the Russian capital, leaving their proud record of never being eliminated in the group stage of a World Cup already in danger. "It's not a situation we're used to at all". He wanted them to go wide and cross to the space in front of center backs Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, and behind midfielders Sami Khedia and Toni Kroos. By the final minutes, the tired Mexicans were playing more with their hearts than with their feet.

"We showed we have a bright future and I am very satisfied with what we did. Nobody guarantees you anything".

"Nobody can tell us not to dream", Ochoa said.

Neuer hasn't played for his club, Bayern Munich, since September, only playing the two warm-up games against Austria and Saudi Arabia, but Loew had been insistent that he was his first-choice goalkeeper.