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Carlos Vela starts for Mexico in historic World Cup win over Germany

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LAFC star plays his part in terrific victory.

Germany v Mexico: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

While the proceedings in Russia aren’t quite over for the day, it’s safe to say the biggest result of the day was Mexico’s 1-0 win over the defending World Cup champions, Germany on Sunday in Moscow.

Hirving Lozano scored the winning goal 10 minutes before halftime, and Mexico stymied a Germany side that looked to be a notch off their best all game long.

Los Angeles Football Club’s biggest star, Carlos Vela, played a big role in the result, as he started and played 58 minutes for El Tri. Vela started in the hole just behind the striker, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, and continually covered tons of grass, trying to kickstart counterattacks for Mexico, and eventually that strategy paid off.

The win is a historic one, as Mexico hadn’t beaten Germany since 1985, that win coming in Mexico, and last year Germany spanked Mexico in the Confederations Cup. But this one is more important, albeit just an opening group stage game.

The task for Vela and the rest of Mexico is to enjoy this win for a little while then turn their attention to their next group game, against South Korea on Saturday. They’re off to a fantastic start, but now they need to keep going.

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