Hirving Lozano admits his match winner for Mexico which downed reigning champion Germany at World Cup 2018 is “the best goal I have scored in my life”.
An entertaining encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium saw both sides create chances as they sought to open their Group F campaign on a positive note.
It was to be El Tri who took the spoils in a stunning giant-killing performance, with ‘Chucky’ Lozano recording the only effort of the game in the 35th minute.
His strike sparked wild celebrations during and after the contest in Moscow – with an earthquake recorded in Mexico City – and the 22-year-old is delighted to have played the role of hero.
Lozano told reporters after a memorable outing for him and his country: “We are very happy.
“My teammates and I did some great work, we all ran our hearts out and this is the result of all this hard work.
“I don’t know if it is the biggest victory in [Mexican] history but one of the biggest for sure. It is great to start on the right foot when you are playing against the world champions.
“I would have to agree it is the best goal I have scored in my life. We all dream of playing in the World Cup.”
Tears flowed at the final whistle, as the enormity of what they had just achieved dawned on the Mexico players, with few having given the CONCACAF nation much of a chance against the pre-tournament favorite.
El Tri did, however, boss proceedings for long periods, with head coach Juan Carlos Osorio revealing that a tactical approach to overcome Germany was pieced together long before his side arrived in Russia.
He said: “We had drawn up a plan six months back but due to injuries we had to change some of our players. But we always thought of having two quick players on the wings and an offensive midfielder in Miguel Layun.
“In the first half we played with intelligence defensively and caught them on the counter.
“We could have scored earlier. In the first half we were the better side, in the second we knew that Germany have an outstanding team and they tried to attack more.
“We prepared for their use of Mario Gomez. Yesterday we practiced defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that’s how we almost got the second goal today.
“Mexico has a bright future, with Jesus Gallardo who is 23 and Hirving Lozano even younger.
“We will celebrate responsibility. I’d like to dedicate this win to all the Mexican fans that made the journey out here and to everyone that supports us.”
Mexico will be back in action on Saturday when Osorio’s side faces South Korea, before wrapping up the group stage efforts and looking to make it to the last-16 following a meeting with Sweden on June 27.