Mexico has upset Germany 1-0 in their opening World Cup game, leaving the defending champions with a tougher task to qualify for the knockout stages. For Mexico, the win was its first in three tries over a reigning champion.
Marco Reus was introduced on the hour as Loew sought to invigorate a struggling side, while 39-year-old Rafael Marquez became just the third player to feature at five World Cups as he was brought on the tighten Mexico's defence. Hirving Lozano's first-half goal and some hard work on defense led to what may be the biggest win in Mexico soccer history and the first major upheaval of the 2018 World Cup.
"It's definitely the best goal I've ever scored in my entire life".
And it's a victory that may have changed the course of the tournament for both teams.
Mexico have reached the second round on their last six appearances in this tournament, but Juan Carlos Osorio's team have only won one of their four most recent games.
By beating Germany, Mexico put itself in position to possible play Serbia, Switzerland or Costa Rica in the second round and avoid a matchup with Brazil. In an end-to-end game, the Mexicans showed nerves of steel, passing from the back even when under pressure and asking Germany all sorts of questions.
"In all due respect, in the first half we were the better team".
Low added of Saturday's clash with Sweden: "The next game is now more important".
The defeat is also Germany's first at a World Cup since the 2010 semi-final against Spain. "It's not a situation we're used to at all".
Less than a year ago, Germany and Mexico met in Russian Federation. By the final minutes, the tired Mexicans were playing more with their hearts than with their feet.
"We can compete against anyone", Lozano told Televisa Deportes. "We take this game very, very seriously". "It is having the absolute will that is going to be the deciding factor and everyone of us needs to fill up on self-confidence".