Berlin/Moscow – Marvin Plattenhardt probably imagined a different outcome to his Germany World Cup debut. The left-back played 79 minutes for Die Mannschaft after being a surprise inclusion for Jonas Hector, who was laid low with flu.
The result saw Germany slip to defeat in their opening World Cup group game for the first time since 1982.
Joachim Löw’s side started the game slowly and never properly recovered, with Jerome Boateng having to react quickly to keep out an early goal. Timo Werner had Germany’s best chance of the first half, but the reigning champions struggled to create anything from their 64% possession.
They left themselves open to the counter and after going close on a couple of occasions, they took the lead through Lozano with ten minutes to go in the first half. Toni Kroos responded by hitting the bar with a free kick, but Germany went in at half time behind.
Plattenhardt tried his luck after the restart, but his shot from distance was easily saved Ochoa in goal. Marco Reus was brought on to add fresh impetus and Germany applied more pressure in the final stages, striking the post again through Julian Brandt late on.
The second Group F game sees Sweden take on South Korea on Monday, while Germany will next be in action on Saturday against Sweden (20:00), when the will hope to get their title defence back on track.