Pringles Preview: Defending champions Germany opening their account
Marc Andre ter Stegen Germany Javier Hernandez Chicharito Mexico
This will be the 12th meeting between Germany and Mexico, and only fireworks can be expected as the two sides meet on Sunday afternoon

Germany will begin their title defence against Mexico on Sunday, and history is firmly on their side.  

Joachim Low's men go into the encounter as strong favourites given their dominance over Mexico in the past. 

The two nations have met 11 times since December 1968, with the Germans winning a whopping six to Mexico's just one, while the other four matches ended in draws.

It is also worth noting that the Mexicans haven't beaten Germany in over three decades, with their last and only win over the world champions coming in June 1985. 

Germany have scored a combined 10 goals against Mexico in the two teams' last three matches.

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Low's team has been boosted by the return to fitness of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who missed Germany's final warm-up match against Saudi Arabia due to injury.  

But it is on the left hand side of the midfield where Low and his technical team are facing a dilemma to choose between two equally good players in Julian Draxler or Marco Reus. 

Thomas Muller's presence will be crucial for the Germans going into this clash. The Bayern Munich man boasts 10 goals in his two previous tournaments for Die Mannschaft.  


Mexico's preparations for the global showpiece were hampered by injuries as Nestor Araujo had to be left out of the squad due to a knee injury. Diego Reyes withdrew from the squad on Wednesday with a hamstring injury, and he was subsequently replaced by Erick Gutierrez. 

Coach Juan Carlos Osorio will pin his hopes on the 13 players who have amassed over 50 international caps for Mexico.

Javier Hernandez is their all-time top goalscorer with 49 strikes to his name, and Germany will need a better game plan to stop him from finding the back of the net.  

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If Low is to become the first manager to win back-to-back titles, then he will need to send a strong message to the rest of the teams in their group. 

What's worrying though is his team's record since qualifying for the tournament. Germany have won just one of their six international matches - they have lost two and drawn the other three matches. 

Mexico have not lost their opening match at a global showpiece since their 1-0 loss to Norway in 1994. They have won four and drawn just one since then.



ISL 0 - 4 GER
GER 6 - 0 ARM
LIE 0 - 2 GER
ENG 2 - 0 GER
GER 2 - 2 HUN
POR 2 - 4 GER
FRA 1 - 0 GER
GER 7 - 1 LVA
GER 1 - 1 DEN
GER 1 - 2 MKD


PAN 1 - 1 MEX
CRC 0 - 1 MEX
MEX 2 - 1 JAM
USA 1 - 0 MEX
MEX 2 - 1 CAN
MEX 3 - 0 HON
MEX 1 - 0 SLV
GUA 0 - 3 MEX
MEX 0 - 0 TRI
USA 3 - 2 MEX
Head to Head
8 Matches (2 Draws)
5 Total wins 1
5 Home wins 0
0 Away wins 1
Last 5 Matches
3 Wins
1 Draw
1 Wins
GER 0 - 1 MEX
GER 4 - 1 MEX
GER 4 - 3 MEX
GER 2 - 1 MEX
MEX 0 - 0 GER
10 Goals Scored 6
Games Over 2.5 Goals 3 / 5
Both Teams Scored 3 / 5
Team Comparison
  • Attack
  • Defence
  • Distribution
  • Discipline
Player Comparison

Match Facts

  1. This will be the fourth World Cup encounter between Germany and Mexico. ‘Die Mannschaft’ are unbeaten, with two wins (6-0 in the first group stage in 1978; 2-1 in the round of 16 in 1998) and one draw (0-0 in the 1986 quarter-finals, followed by a 4-1 victory on penalties).
  2. Mexico have only won one of their 11 games against Germany (D5 L5), it was in June 1985 in Mexico City. Their only previous encounter on Russian soil was in last year’s Confederations Cup – Germany won 4-1 in the semi-finals.
  3. Germany have won their opening game in each of the last seven World Cups, including scoring 20 goals in their last four openers (8 v Saudi Arabia in 2002, 4 v Costa Rica in 2006, 4 v Australia in 2010, 4 v Portugal in 2014).
  4. Mexico are unbeaten in their last five World Cup opening games (W4 D1), their last defeat dating back to 1994 against Norway (0-1).
  5. Only Brazil (21) have reached the World Cup more times than Germany (19). This is also their 17th consecutive participation.
  6. Germany will be looking to become the first team to win back-to-back World Cup titles since Brazil achieved it 1962. Overall, only Brazil have lifted the trophy on more occasions (5) than Germany (4).
  7. Germany were the only team to win all 10 of their games in the UEFA qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, registering the best goal difference (+39).
  8. Germany have reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in each of the last four editions, the longest current streak of any team. In fact, they have topped their group in every single World Cup since 1990.
  9. Mexico have qualified for the World Cup for the 16th time – only Brazil, Germany, Italy and Argentina have made the tournament on more occasions.
  10. Among the eight teams to have qualified for the World Cup at least 14 times, Mexico are the only one yet to win the tournament. They’ve never progressed further than the second round outside their own borders.
  11. Mexico have been knocked out in the round of 16 in each of the last six World Cups; they have lost only two of their last 17 group games (W8 D7).
  12. Germany's Thomas Müller has scored more goals (10) and delivered more assists (6) at the World Cup than any other currently active player.
  13. Germany's Joshua Kimmich delivered more assists than any other player in the 2018 European World Cup qualifiers (9).
  14. This is Joachim Löw’s sixth major tournament as Germany manager. He has reached the semi-finals in each of his five previous tournaments (finalist at EURO 2008, third-place at World Cup 2010, semi-finalist at EURO 2012, winner at World Cup 2014, semi-finalist at EURO 2016).
  15. This will be Juan Carlos Osorio’s first World Cup campaign as manager. He’ll look to become the first Mexico boss since Bora Milutinovic in 1986 to lead the team to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
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