World Cup Day 4: El Tri down the champs, Landon Donovan misfires

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Germany's title defense doesn't start out so well: In a match where it was end-to-end, Mexico's countering had lacked the final touch for the first half an hour -- until it didn't. Germany's surprisingly shaky defending finally broke down as Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez played a neat ball through to a hard-charging Hirving Lozano out on the left, who cut back around the right back and buried a healthy strike at the near post to give El Tri a 1-0 lead after 35 minutes played. Die Mannschaft had difficulty engineering things as Mexico's defending came up aces, and if didn't, Germany either shot over, or right at Mexican keeper Memo Ochoa. Mexico had a couple of chances at making it two -- Chicharito's pass to Carlos Vela was just off-line in the 57th, and Enemy of Yank Soccer Rafa Marquez had found Miguel Layun, but he blazed over in the 78th; Layun also had a go in the 82nd -- and Germany had plenty of chances to make it level, but El Tri held on for an impressive Group F result.

Thinking ahead: Sure, it's only one match in Group F