The world champions lost and the neutrals’ favourites were ‘Swiss-knifed.’ The World Cup came alive on Sunday but not in the manner most expected.
The way Mexico surprised Germany will be talked about long after the carnival ends in Russia. Being meticulous is a way of life for Germans and it influences how they run football.
They overhauled their programme after the disaster of Euro 2000 with Joachim Loew himself being an integral part of that change.
Their society becoming increasingly multi-cultural too influenced how they played football; it blended flair to discipline and made them an even more potent force in the sport.