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FIFA 2018 World Cup: Did celebrations in Mexico really trigger an earthquake?

Mexico just showed what 'shaking with excitement' really means

T2 Online Newsdesk 18 June 2018, 2:07 PM
Hirving Lozano's strike handed Germany their first World Cup defeat since 2010

Hirving Lozano's strike handed Germany their first World Cup defeat since 2010 Image: AFP

Mexico City rocked the moment Hirving Lozano smashed home Mexico's match-winning goal against Germany during yesterday's World Cup tie at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. And we mean 'rocked' not just with excitement or joy but also in the most literal sense possible.

The earth literally moved in quake-prone Mexico City when Lozano's shot eluded Germany's Manuel Neuer to give Mexico a shock 1-0 lead over the reigning champions in the 35th minute of the match.

Seismologists said that they had detected an 'artificial' rumbling, possibly caused by 'widespread jumping' when the goal was scored. Fans had crammed into the Zocalo, the city's main square.

"What happened today was an earthquake of joy for us — just imagine, we beat the world champions," said Laura Villegas, a 45-year-old merchant who downed her beer with tequila in one gulp.

"What happened hey, what happened hey, to the Germany that was going to beat us today?" the crowd chanted.

President Enrique Pena Nieto joined the party and tweeted, "Confirmed: Mexico competes and wins against the best in the world, Congratulations to @miseleccionmx! Great match!"

Victory rallies also erupted in other major Mexican cities like Guadalajara, Toluca, Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.

‘Lozano for president’

One female fan with a flag in her hand and the national colours painted on her cheeks, screamed, “We are an Aztec warrior force! Lozano for president, Lozano for president!”

The country will hold elections to choose a new leader on July 1. Ana Maria Contreras, a primary school teacher, came with her children and even dogs decked out in El Tri's signature green jerseys to join the festivities. “We have shown that we can compete with any power. And I hope that whoever wins as president also knows how to lead us to victory,” she said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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