Mats Hummels had some damning words for Germany after loss to Mexico

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Germany's World Cup defence got off to the worst possible start in Moscow.

After months of deserved hype surrounding Joachim Low's side, Die Mannschaft delivered one of their worst performances in recent years, losing 1-0 to Mexico.

The North American side could have had four or five in the first-half, such was the negligence of Germany's defence and midfield.

Sami Khedira probably ended his international career with a woeful display, while the usually brilliant Toni Kroos was defeated by his own side's lack of discipline.

Too many times, the holders were caught on the counter as Mexico's pacy duo of Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela had a field day.

Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng were exposed on so many occasions and the former gave a pretty damning interview to the German media after the game.

You have to wonder how the rest of the dressing room reacted when they saw this...

The Bayern Munich defender said: "If 7 or 8 players attack, then it's clear the offensive force is greater than the defensive stability. That's what I often talk about internally, to no affect. Our cover wasn't good, too often it was just Jerome and I at the back."

Ouch. The fact that he says his calls to stop attacking at will have fallen on deaf ears suggests all is not well in the German camp.

For the first time in many peoples lifetimes, Die Mannschaft looked disorganised and unbalanced, with Mexico taking full advantage.

And what legendary striker Oliver Bierhoff - who is on Germany's staff - said after the game summed up how unprepared they were.


''We dominated," he said. "The Mexicans chose a different tactic than we expected. This must not happen again. We have to win the next game.''

A tactic they didn't expect? Very poor planning and Michael Ballack made his feelings known about Bierhoff's words. Safe to say he isn't too pleased with Joachim Low...

Germany v Sweden is now one of the biggest games of the group stage.

Hirving Lozano
Carlos Vela
Joachim Low
Sami Khedira
Toni Kroos
Mats Hummels
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World Cup
Jerome Boateng

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