The goal wasn't a singular instance; Germany's midfield got passed over on multiple occasions, leaving Mexican attackers in space, with the ball at their feet.
So much can change during a four-year cycle. We look to the club game for cues on on the direction of international football, yet the current dominant pressing style is difficult to pull off in this format.
African football has always been filled with big names. And while no African side has gone further than the quarterfinals in the World Cup, the lack of results are not due to individual talent.
The top-10 unsurprisingly includes Lionel Messi, Neymar, Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane.
Spain fired Julen Lopetegui and if the players pull this off, it will mean making it up as they go along, playing only for each other and furiously against the myopic suits who have put them in this predicament.