The curse of the reigning world champions has struck again.
Like with Spain in 2014, Germany lost their first game to Mexico and it was all thanks to one man.
Hirving Lozano was a livewire down Mexico’s left, exploiting the gaping holes left by Joshua Kimmich time and time again.
Oddly enough the most surprising thing that came out of this game was not watching machine-like Germany defending like schoolboys.
It was the fact that Lozano is nicknamed ‘Chucky’ by his teammates in the Mexico team.
How does a football get nicknamed after a possessed doll from a 1980s film, I hear you ask?
Well, there is a very strange reason behind it.
Apparently, the young winger had a penchant for hiding in cupboards and waiting for his teammates to enter a room before jumping out and scaring the s*** out of them.
Kind of weird but also a brilliant nickname.
But Chucky Lozano is so much more than just an unusual moniker.
He was Mexico’s top scorer during qualifying, he was PSV’s top scorer in 2017-18 and now has scored the winning goal against the world champions at a World Cup.
He’s only 22.
Nobody gave Mexico a chance against Germany in the opener, despite their young and talented team.
However, within the first five minutes it was apparent that their incisive passing and direct runs down the left were already causing the Germans all sorts of problems.
As the game progressed it became apparent that Lozano was making the left wing his own personal playground.
And with Kimmich not bothering to try defending, Lozano duly punished the world champs with the only goal of the match.