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Preview: Germany v Mexico

World Cup 2018
Preview: Germany v Mexico

Much has changed since Germanys last FIFA World Cup appearance. A raft of experienced players retired from the international fold for the four-time champions and the youngster who scored that priceless Maracana winner Mario Gotze did not make the final 23 for Russia.

While change has been forthcoming for Germany, two things have remained stable: success and Joachim Low. Die Mannschaft breezed through World Cup qualifying, winning ten out of ten, scoring 43 and conceding just four, and lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup last year with a youthful squad, while Low recently penned a contract until 2020.

On the way to that latter title, Germany saw off Mexico, who have themselves grown under the tutelage of Juan Carlos Osorio, in charge since 2015. The Colombian coach will look to avenge the 4-1 defeat in Sochi last year after steering Mexico comprehensively through World Cup qualifying they lost just once in 16 games, the sole defeat coming after their passage to Russia had already been confirmed.

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The holders open their tournament against possibly the strongest opponent in Group F and are well aware of the challenge that lies ahead. Germany's line-up poses some tough questions for Low, with only two out of Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Marco Reus expected to feature in the starting XI. They will be hoping for a repeat of 2014, when they comfortably beat highly-rated Portugal 4-0 in their opener.

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14 Jun 2018

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 13: Thomas Mueller of Germany poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session on June 13, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

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Germany Portraits - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

14 Jun 2018

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 13: Thomas Mueller of Germany poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session on June 13, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

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