Carlsberg Player of the Week: Mexico's Hirving Lozano sends seismographs spinning

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YURI CORTEZ
The 22-year-old was a livewire against the Germans and came up with a goal that sparked wild scenes among the Mexico faithfuls...

When Mexico and Germany lined up against each other at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Sunday, all the eyes were on the German team who were embarking on their title defence. The World Champions were expected to sound out a statement of intent against their Central American opponents. 

However, at the end of 90 minutes, it was a hitherto unheralded youngster who had grabbed all the limelight. Mexican forward Hirving Lozano had become the toast of his country by netting the winner against Joachim Low's team. 

Lozano was at his slippery best during the game, spearing Mexico's numerous counter-attacks along with Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela. The trio gave the famed German defence a torrid time as the central defenders were isolated everytime they forayed forward. 

After threatening to score on plenty of occasions, Lozano finally did so in the 35th minute when Sami Khedira was robbed inside the Mexican half and Hernandez was sent through. The former Manchester United man found a marauding Lozano down the left who checked inside Mesut Ozil and slammed a rasping shot home past Manuel Neuer. 

Hirving Lozano

Such was the magnitude of the goal that seismographs recorded tremendous activity back home in Mexico when he scored. More notably, it was the first time in 60 years that Germany had conceded in their first match of a World Cup as defending champions. 

It was not his only contribution on the night. An effervescent performance by the PSV Eindhoven winger was characterised by three key passes which led to chances for his teammates and a passing accuracy of 91%. 

He won 73% of his duels and completed four out of five dribbles in the 66 minutes he was on the pitch. He also helped the team out defensively with three tackles. 

He might have seen his stock skyrocket after the game but it has been coming for some time. After impressing at Pachuca back in Mexico, Lozano had been linked with several big European clubs including Manchester United. 

He finally sealed a move to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven where he had a stellar campaign in the 2017-18 season. He scored 17 goals and had eight assists as PSV romped to the Eredivisie title. Having made a huge impact in the first game of the World Cup, it seems Lozano is set for stardom if he continues in this vein. 

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