Mexico's Rafa Marquez becomes third man to play at five World Cups

1:51                                            Mesut Ozil will be pulling the strings for Germany at the World Cup we take a look at some of his best moments in the

1:51 Mesut Ozil will be pulling the strings for Germany at the World Cup we take a look at some of his best moments in the

Defending World Cup champions Germany begin defense of their title on Sunday when they face Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium in Mexico.

Germany came into Russian Federation 2018 tipped as favorites by many, looking to become the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962. Die Mannschaft breezed through World Cup qualifying, winning ten out of ten, scoring 43 and conceding just four, and lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup previous year with a youthful squad, while Low recently penned a contract until 2020.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation has its first absolute stunner.

Germany launched a siege at Mexico's goal for majority of the second half but failed to come up with an equalizer, with either Ochoa standing in the way, or Mexico being able to put bodies behind the line of the ball to block the long-range efforts.

Seeking defensive reinforcement, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio brought on 39-year-old veteran Rafael Marquez to play in his fifth World Cup.

Like Germany, Mexico qualified easily for a seventh consecutive World Cup after punching their ticket to the finals with three matches to spare.

"They are the best team in the world", goalscorer Lozano said, describing his strike as "the best goal of my life". The restaurant plans to host an event for each one of Mexico's matches.

Gerard Pique wishes Antoine Griezmann success after Barca snub
Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and has scored 112 goals in all competitions for the club. He also posted a video on Twitter with the captain, "My fans, my team, my home".

They have been battering teams in World Cup openers for as long as any of the players on this pitch could remember.

Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to a brilliant Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick in Samara in the first game of the day.

However, their attempt to create history got off the worst possible start as they feel to a shock opening game defeat to Mexico.

Coach Joachim Loew has, like the Brazilians, transformed the team from 2014 to the extent that the man who scored the World Cup winning goal in Rio, Mario Goetze, is not in the squad.

Germany defeated Mexico 4-1 in the semifinal of last summer's Confederations Cup.

Further forward, Real Madrid star Toni Kroos will form an excellent midfield axis alongside Juventus anchorman Sami Khedira, while in attack the aforementioned trident of Muller, Ozil and Draxler will dovetail behind Timo Werner.

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