Mexico shook Germany with a stunning 1-0 upset in the opening round of the World Cup Sunday in Moscow.
But Mexico’s fans shook the earth.
The thousands who jumped for joy in downtown Mexico City after Hirving Lozano scored the winning goal in the 35th minute also managed to set off seismic detectors that registered a false earthquake.
SIMMSA, a branch of the area’s Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations, said highly sensitive earthquake sensors recorded tremors at two sites seconds after the score. It called them an “artificial” quake that was possibly triggered “due to massive jumps.”
After the upset, hordes of fans dressed in green converged around the iconic Angel of Independence monument, dancing and singing the country’s unofficial soccer anthem, “Cielito Lindo,” or “Pretty Little Sky.” Car horns blared and drums beat for hours after the match, which saw Germany, the top-ranked team in the world, see its hopes of repeating as champion put in doubt.
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Mexico faces the Korea Republic for its next challenge on Friday — giving fans plenty of time to pick up a Richter scale.
— With News Wire Services