All-action Mexico lead Germany 1-0 at halftime

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MOSCOW- Defending champions Germany were trailing Mexico 1-0 at halftime in their World Cup Group F opener on Sunday after Hirving Lozano finished off a sweeping move to smash the ball in after 34 minutes and release an explosion of noise in Luzhniki Stadium.

Germany had looked vulnerable at the back throughout the half and had several narrow escapes as Mexico poured bodies forward, but they came close to equalizing when a Toni Kroos free kick was touched on to the bar by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.