Mexico's World Cup kicks off Sunday when it takes on defending champion Germany at 4 p.m. ET.
The Mexican national team was handed a tough draw taking on the defending world champs, who went a perfect 10-0 in in all of their UEFA qualifiers leading up to the World Cup.
Former national team goalie Oswaldo Sanchez said the team knows it has a challenge on its hands, but if they play their game, they could give Germany a run for its money.
"There's no question that Germany is much bigger and taller than the Mexican squad, but this is not basketball, it's soccer, so the way to challenge them is to move quickly and play the ball really well," Sanchez told Omnisport in association with Powerade, the official sports drink of the FIFA World Cup and the Mexican National Team. "Focus on speed, speed is what kills (strength) and height, so Mexico will have that going for them."
Germany is a well-oiled machine that boasts one of the best players in the tournament in Thomas Muller, who leads all active players with 10 goals and six assists in his tournament career.
According to Opta, Mexico comes in not having lost a single opening match since 1994 when it fell to Norway 1-0. Germany has had similar success though, winning each of its last seven openers at the World Cup.
Mexico's second game sees it matched up against South Korea Saturday, June 23 at 4 p.m. ET. Its pool play rounds out with Sweden Wednesday, June 27 at 3 p.m. ET.
The matchup against Sweden, which will be playing without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is a challenge even though it has not won an opening game at the World Cup since 1958. That win, ironically, came against Mexico 3-0 in 1958.
"They're a very interesting team to watch," Sanchez said. "Especially their (ability), they're incredibly disciplined, they thrive on their ability to fit all the pieces of the puzzle really, really well."
Sweden has beaten Mexico just once in their last five matches, all of which have been friendlies.
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