Our prediction for this match:
World champions Germany showed no signs of slowing down and will take on Mexico hoping to extend their fine form and prove that they must be taken as serious contenders despite their tender age. Joachim Loew has brought an experimental side without main stars and key players to Russia, but a talent-laden side which includes the likes of Emre Can, Julian Draxler and Joshua Kimmich, who have taken the main stage and excelled in their leadership roles. Germany only dropped points to Chile in a 1-1 draw and must be considered major favourites to go through to the final and fight for glory. Die Mannschaft are gaining valuable experience ahead of the return to Russia next year when they will try to defend their title. Mexico face a proper challenge against the world’s best. El Tri have been rather inconsistent throughout the competition and were forced to wait until the last moment to seal their place in the Confederations Cup semi-final with a 2-1 win over hosts Russia. Juan Carlos Osorio’s experiment of combining the squad throughout the group stage might come back to haunt him, but the Mexicans nevertheless boast plenty of talent in their team. The established stars such as Guardado and Hernandez have been joined on the main stage by the 21-year-old Hirving Lozano, who’s been grabbing some headlines with his fine displays.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Hector):
Jonas Hector is a product of Koln’s youth school. The left back was born on 27 May, 1990 in Saarbrucken and he began his youth career at SV Auersmacher. In 2010 he joined FC Koln and he made 63 league appearances for the reserve team between 2010 and 2013. Ever since he made his debut for the senior team on 27 August, 2012 he has been playing regularly for the Billy Goats and he certainly helped the team return to Bundesliga at the end of the 2013/2014 campaign.
Jonas Hector made his Germany debut on 14 November, 2014 in a 4-0 win over Gibraltar. The left-footed defender scored his first goal for the German national team on 29 March, 2016 in a 4-1 victory over Italy in Munich.
Hector represented his homeland at the 2016 European Championship finals in France and he scored the winner from the penalty spot in the quarter-final against Italy. Hector is capable of playing as a midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Mexico):
Football was brought below the United States border by European immigrants who build the foundations for what went on to become one of the most prominent footballing nations in the world. El Tri have qualified to the total of 15 World Cups and have become one of six nations to qualify successfully for the tournament since 1994.
Alongside Brazil and Germany, Mexico are the only country to make it past the group stage over the last six World Cups so it is fair to say that miners from Cornwall and Spanish exiles fleeing the Civil War made a pretty good job embedding the football gene. Mexico are the reigning CONCACAF champions having beaten the surprise package Jamaica 3-1 in the final. Juan Carlos Osorio’s team is captained by Rafael Marquez who is the fourth most-capped player behind Gerrardo Torrado, Pavel Pardo and Claudio Suarez.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez is the team’s biggest star and current squad’s top scorer with 81 goals to his name. Chicharito is only eight goals behind Jared Borgetti who is the nation’s top scorer.