World Cup – Gp F
- Germany vs Mexico
- 4:00 pm Sunday 17th June
- Luzhniki Stadium
World Cup defending champions Germany will be looking to put a rocky pre World Cup build-up preparation behind them when they face Mexico in their opening Group F game in the Luzhniki Stadium
Germany will feel the need to make a statement of intent as they begin the defence of their trophy off the back of a bad year of results, and Mexico may well feel that this is the best time to go all out and defeat Germany
Mexico were the first CONCACAF side to qualify for the World Cup, topping their fifth round group table. Hirving Lozano top-scored for Mexico in qualifying, scoring three goals.
Head to head
Germany and Mexico have faced each other 11 times, with the former winning six times. Mexico have won just once – back in 1985, against West Germany.
The last time the teams met, Germany defeated Mexico 4-1 in the Confederations Cup in June 2017.
Mesut Ozil has fully recovered from a minor knee injury, Germany coach Joachim Low said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Boateng is expected to be fit to start after returning from a groin injury.
His Bayern Munich team-mate Manuel Neuer could also start in goal after making his comeback from eight months out in Germany’s 2-1 defeat to Austria on June 2.
Mexico have no injury concerns.
Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Goretzka; Muller; Draxler; Werner
Mexico:: Ochoa; Salcedo, Layun, Moreno, Araujo; Reyes; Herrera, Guardado, Lozano; Vela; Hernandez
Germany 2 Vs 1 Mexico