Saturday, June 23, 2018

Germany vs Sweden Live Tv Info

Germany entered this year’s World Cup as a clear favorite, but last week’s shocking upset to Mexico has the Germans in a spot. The lone goal in that loss came in the 35th minute, when 22-year-old Hirving Lozano picked up Javier Hernandez’s pass inside the penalty area and beat a defender before scoring on Germany’s goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer. The result sent shock waves through Mexico, literally, creating what may have been an artificial man-made earthquake in Mexico, while it left Germany’s future at this World Cup uncertain.

Mexico plays South Korea earlier Saturday; if the favored El Tri earn at least a draw, Germany could be eliminated with a loss against Sweden. No defending champion has failed to make the knockout round since France in 2002.

Sweden, meanwhile, got a penalty kick goal from Andreas Granqvist in a 1-0 win over South Korea. It was the first time the Swedes had won their opening World Cup match since 1958, against — that’s right — Mexico. Sweden hasn’t beaten Germany in their last 11 meetings, dating to 1978,

Welcome to our liveblog for the last game of day 10 of the 2018 World Cup! It's Germany vs Sweden and remarkably it's really difficult to call who's going to win it.

Sweden have three points thanks to their narrow win over South Korea (and with the help of VAR) while Germany were torn apart by Mexico, playing a suicidal high line and sending full-backs miles up the pitch only to suffer for it. Joachim Low's team have been out of sorts for quite a time now and there have been rallying calls from the players to address it.

"We're under real pressure now," said Toni Kroos. "We have to get six points from the next games.

"We didn't play well enough. Overall, we had our chances, but we weren't able to score.

"We lost the ball up front far too easily and Mexico had always two or three people up front, who we failed to block efficiently."

“Mexico deserved the win – our cover was often not good and we were left many times with Jérôme [Boateng] and myself at the back,” he said. “If seven of eight players are attacking then it’s clear our attacking power is greater. But that’s something that I have often talked about internally. It doesn’t always bear fruit.

“A wake-up call is too late. We now must win two games, otherwise that is that with the World Cup. I don’t really understand why we played like we played because, really, we already had our wake-up call.”

Supporters of both teams are having a lovely old time in the Russia sun (though those clouds look ominous) and team news will be with us really soon. When that happens we can try and figure out how both teams plan to approach this but you can bet Sweden will be a 4-4-2, low block and focus play down the wings, while Germany will be keen to AVENGE their opening game defeat. It could be a cracker, it could also be a frustrating 90 minutes for the Germans. Only time will tell! And that time is... soon.