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4-time champions and the current holder of the FIFA World Cup takes on Mexico.

PSV winger Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game when he broke down the left, cut inside past a weak challenge from Mesut Ozil and fired past Manuel Neuer at the near post.

With Jogi Low's side seen by many as the favourites to leave Russian Federation with the trophy, the pressure is certainly on for the 2014 champions to complete that rarest of feats by retaining the famous cup. "It's great to start on the right foot when you are playing the world champions".

It may have only been four years since, but 14 of Germany's 23 World Cup winners have either been replaced or dropped but none have affected the team as much as the departures of the captain from Rio, Philipp Lahm and Basti.

At the other end, Guillermo Ochoa tipped a blistering Kroos free kick on to the bar minutes later, in what was to prove the Germans' closest effort of a match in Moscow in which they had more than 60 percent possession but could not make it count.

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The Germans are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962.

Die Mannschaft have won just once in their past four games, that being a narrow 2-1 home win against Saudi Arabia.

"I think the group is quite easy, I think Germany is going to qualify... and I think again we're going to have Germany going through, and we're going to have Germany in the quarter-finals and probably in the semi-finals and probably in the final", Mourinho said, before adding: "But today they were really bad". Here's Osorio on his tactics against Germany: "We always thought of having two quick players on the wing". Kimmich's absence meant Ozil was left trying to stop Lozano for Mexico's opening goal.

"We had a couple of shots on goal, but somehow it seemed jinxed, " Loew said. "In the second half we were better, Mexico got exhausted, but we did not score, although there were enough chances for at least one". Germany struggled to break down the El Tri defense, too often settling for crosses against a well-set defense.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio claimed his players could go "toe-to-toe" with Germany.

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Lozano's goal proved the difference in a 1-0 win in Moscow that put Mexico in control of Group F, with Sweden and South Korea in action on Tuesday (AEST).

Kimmich is a risk-taking defender who likes to venture forward but will have to be careful against Mexico as Lozano is a very unsafe player and who when given space will exploit it to Mexico's advantage.

Mexican forward Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring against defending champion Germany.

Against Mexico, Toni Kroos started with Sami Khedira, who looked every bit of his 31 years.

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