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Juan Carlos Osorio: 'World Cup win over Germany shows Mexico have bright future'

Osorio: 'Mexico have bright future'
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Juan Carlos Osorio believes that Sunday's 1-0 win in the World Cup over reigning champions Germany shows that El Tri have a bright future ahead of them.

Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has claimed that Sunday's 1-0 win over reigning World Cup champions Germany shows that El Tri have a bright future ahead of them.

Hirving Lozano scored what turned out to be the winner on 35 minutes in Rostov, controlling Javier Hernandez's pass and finishing off a flowing counter-attack with a low strike from close range.

Despite facing some sustained late pressure, Mexico held on at the Luzhniki Stadium to inflict a first World Cup defeat on the European heavyweights since they lost to Spain in the 2010 semi-final.

"We had drawn up a plan six months back," Osorio told reporters at full time. "Due to injuries we had to change some of our protagonists but we always thought of having two quick players on the wing. We chose Hirving Lozano, who is our fastest player, and we wanted to hurt them on the counter attack.

"With all due respect, in the first half we were the better team. In the second half they tried to attack more and we prepared their use of Mario Gomez up front yesterday. We practiced defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that is almost how we got the second goal.

"We showed we have a bright future and I am very satisfied with what we did. This is a great game, we are going to celebrate responsibly and prepare this for the next match. I want to dedicate this to all the Mexican fans who made the journey out here and everyone who supports us. Those who do not support us, we will try to convince them to support us."

Mexico have beaten Germany for only the second time, their previous win against Die Mannschaft coming in a friendly in June 1985.


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