Pre-tournament favourites Germany are in action against Mexico in Group F of the World Cup.
While the odds reflected their respective chances of claiming victory in this opening fixture, on the balance of play at half time, Mexico have been full value for their lead.
The ever-metronomic World Champions have struggled to dictate the tempo of the game. While Mexico have brought the doggedness and work ethic that was expected of them, some real quality and composure has characterised a team that topped the CONCACAF qualifying system.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s side managed five shots within the first 15 minutes, with the likes of Miguel Layún and Hector Herrera threatening Manuel Neuer’s goal.
Talisman Javier Hernandez really should have scored, if not shot in the first place, after briefly finding himself with a clear chance at goal. The final piece of quality was missing in the box, but a move that played better to their strengths paid off ten minutes before the break.
Sami Khedira was dispossessed deep in the Mexican half, as the North American outfit quickly moved up the other end of the pitch with some gorgeous, swift passing.
Chicharito strung Jerome Boateng along before passing to an on-rushing Hirving Lozano, who turned a poor challenge from Mesut Ozil, and finished with aplomb at the near post.
Kroos hit a 25 yard free kick that was impressively saved by Guillermo Ochoa soon after, and Joachim Loew’s side were unable to respond in kind before the break.