Defending champions Germany have started their 2018 World Cup campaign on a disappointing note; losing 1-0 to Mexico in Moscow on Sunday.

Hirving Lozano scored the all-important goal in the 35th minute, picking up Javier Hernandez's pass inside the penalty area and beating Mesut Ozil before shooting past Manuel Neuer from 10 yards.

After Lozano's goal, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a spectacular save to keep the score even, palming Toni Kroos' shot onto the crossbar.

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Mexico pulled back into a more defensive formation midway through the second half as players tired and Germany attacked.

France in 2002 and Spain in 2014 were the other defending champions to lose their opening matches.

The Germans are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962.