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GER vs SWE Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
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M. Reus 48'
T. Kroos 90'+5'
32' O. Toivonen
Oh my lord what a game of football. Toni Kroos' absolute wonderstrike has saved Germany's World Cup campaign. Sweden were 45 minutes away from eliminating the champions, but could not survive in the end. 

Toni Kroos will be the toast of Germany for the time being but Manuel Neuer and Marco Reus played their part as well, Neuer's save in the final seconds of the first half kept his side in the game. 
Germany are now favourites to qualify but Sweden will be heartbroken. That's football for you!

That's it for me. I need to lie down! Join us tomorrow for more live coverage of the World Cup. Goodnight!

FT: Germany 2-1 Sweden
96' PEEEEEP PEEEEP. The referee brings an end to an absolute cracker of a game.
96' Seb Larsson is awarded a yellow. Sweden are devastated
95' TONNNNNIIII KROOOOS YOU MAGICIAN. Kroos has saved Germany's campaign with an absolute stunner. Reus lays it off to Kroos and he curls one marvellously into the top corner. No chance for Olsen.  You cannot write a better script. Oh what a game
94' Kroos lifts a wonderful ball into the path of Reus but his attempt at a cutback is thwarted by his own lack of composure and he hits one into the crowd
93' OFF THE POST. BRANDT WHAT A STRIKE.  The sub receives the ball on the edge of the box and absolutely leathers one at goal. Olsen looks on helplessly but it crashes into the post. How unlucky are Germany?
92' Werner whips one in but Lustig turns it behind for a corner. Final chance for Germany?
91' 5 minutes of added time. 5 minutes for Sweden to hold on. 5 minutes for Germany to conjure some magic
90' Kroos whips it in but it's easily headed away by Lindelöf. What an effort this has been from Sweden
89' Sweden substitution. Thelin replaces Berg. Can Sweden hold on?
89' Germany win a freekick in a promising position. Is this their time?
88' OHHHH WHAT A SAVE BY OLSEN. UNBELIEVABLE. Lovely ball into the box from the left. Mario Gomez towers over the defender and powers a header at goal but Olsen palms it over the post. What a chance for Germany
87' Final throw of the dice for Germany. Brandt replaces Hector
84' What a chance for Sweden. Neuer makes a mess of things but Guidetti can't get on the end of it. 
83' Boateng is sent off. Hacks at Berg from behind. The ref initially waves it away but VAR comes to Sweden's rescue and he receives his marching orders. 
82' Werner! Chance wasted. Kimmich again drills one into the 6-yard box but Werner can't get his foot over it and sends it way over the crossbar. That should have been a goal.
80' Muller and Granqvist have their own mini McGregor-Khabib battle in the box. The reff spots an infringement and awards Sweden a freekick
78' The Swedish fans are in tears. They can't take the suspense. I don't blame them one bit
77' Another change for Sweden. The goalscorer Toivonen trots off and is replaced by Guidetti
76' Shout for a penalty as Granqvist goes down under pressure. The ball falls out to Forsberg on the edge of the box and he nails one first time but it's straight at Neuer who collects comfortably.
75' The sub is straight into the action. Drives at Rudiger and wins a corner for his side. Can Sweden make something out of this? 
74' Sweden substitution.
Durmaz on
Claesson off
72' AMAZING DEFENDING. Werner gets on his bike on the left and cuts one back beautifully but Granqvist throws his body in the way and danger is averted. Stunning piece of defending
71' Yellow for Boateng for a late challenge on Forsberg who was charging into German territory
70' No Kroos No. Gives it away cheaply yet again and Sweden counter. However, the lack of bodies forward means the attack breaks down
69' Germany are asking all the questions here but Sweden ave done well to regroup after that Reus goal.
68' OFFSIDE. Boateng lifts one into the far post but Mario Gomez misses from 2 yards out. Unbelievable. Luckily for him, the flag was raised.
67' Oh what a turnaround from Germany. They have Sweden camped in their own half and it's only a matter of time before they get a second
66' Kimmich is having a ball on the right. Another stunning ball into the box but Olsen palms it away 
64' Kroos again picks it up and leathers one from the edge of the box but it's deflected over. Corner for Germany. Kroos to take. Easily headed away
62' Kroos receives the ball on the edge of the box, feints beautifully and unleashes one with his left but it's brilliantly blocked by Lindelof.
60' REUS WHAT A MISS. A wonderful ball whipped into the box by Kimmich. Reus in acres of space all alone with the keeper but suffers a brainfade and tries to backflick it into the net and makes a meal of things. WHY MARCO WHY?
58' Great counter by Germany but let down by the final ball. Reus was in acres of space in the middle but Gomez couldn't pick him out
56' Hectorrr. What a chance for Germany. Werner races down the left and cuts one back into the path of Hector but he drags his shot straight at the keeper.
55' Toivonen goes in late on Kroos who crumples to the floor in pain. Freekick Germany and play continues. That was naughty from Toivonen and he could have been booked
54' It's one-way traffic at the moment. Germany going hammer and tongs at the Swedes who have somehow managed to remain afloat
53' First yellow of the match awarded to Ekdal
52' Loew must have lambasted his men at half time cause they have come out blazing. This is the Germany we know and love
50' Goaaalll no sidenetting. How close was that? Kroos delivers a peach into the box and Muller rises high and flicks it on but it hits the side of the net.
49' Freekick for Germany in a promising position
48' CLOSE. Germany almost take the lead. Kroos tries to curl one in from the edge of the box but it deflects jut wide of the post. What a start to the second half
47' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLL. Marco Reus equalises. Werner drives one into the box. Muller lunges at it but it pops up to Reus who reacts brilliantly to poke it in.
46' Germany get us underway. Can Mario Gomez inspire Loew's men? Muller drives one into the box but Lindelof is in the way. 
45' Loew has had enough. Draxler is off for Mario Gomez. 2 up top for Germany now.
We are back. 45 minutes for Germany to salvage their World Cup
Peeeeep. The ref brings an end to a stunning first half. Germany have been torn apart by Sweden after missing a couple of chances in the first 10 minutes. The Swedes could have been 3 goals up. 

Germany have 45 minutes to save their World Cup campaign. Can they do it? Join us for the second half in 15.
45' WHAT A SAVE BY MANUEL NEUER. Larsson delivers a peach into the box. Berg flicks it on beautifully but boom Neuer's outstretched hand comes outta nowhere and palms it away. Neuer is well and truly back!
44' What a chance for Sweden. 3 vs 1 but they contrive to mess it up. Sweden rip Germany apart on the break yet again. Toivonen flicks it onto Forsberg in space. The ball is whipped across into Claesson on the right who decides to try and cut back instead of taking a firsttime shot but Hector somehow gets a boot on it. Sensational defending. 
43' Another German move is stifled. Kroos tries to release Kimmich down the right but he's denied by Augustinsson
40' What a ball by Marco Reus. He absolutely thumps one into the box from the right but it's slightly behind Muller who can't get his boot behind it. Another chance goes abegging.
39' Double save by Olsen. Gundogan's shot takes a massive deflection off a Swedish defender but Olsen pulls off a stunner. It falls out to Muller but he cannot get away a clear shot and Olsen gets in the way yet again.
37' It's going horribly wrong for the Germans suddenly. Kimmich receives the ball on the right but his cross flies straight into the third tier. Story of Germany's campaign so far
36' This is a mountain to climb for Germany now. Sweden have not lost a group stage game since 1990. As it stands, Germany are out of the World Cup. Unthinkable
35' GOOOOOOOOALLLLL! TOIVONEN YOU ABSOLUTE LEGEND. Kroos gives the ball away in midfield. Claesson picks out Toivonen with a beautiful pass and Toivonen lifts it effortlessly over Neuer. It looked to have taken a deflection off Rudiger though which took it out of Neuer's reach. But what in the world was Kroos doing? Stunning stuff at Sochi
32' Rudy cannot continue. Gundogan replaces him
30' That is simply criminal! Neuer pings one out wide but Hector is flagged for offside. 
29' Rudy looks concussed. Surely they can't allow him back on the field. Germany a man down for now
27' Sweden with a good passage of play. The ball is played out to Augustinsson who whips one in. Toivonen TOWERS over Hector but the German manages to head it out for a corner which is subsequently dealt with by Werner.
25' Rudy is writhing in pain on the floor. He was smacked in the side of the face by Toivonen who tried to avoid him in the first place. That was completely unintentional though. He gets himself up and dusts himself off though. Tough lad this one.
23' Corner for Germany. Kroos to deliver. Larsson towers over the Germans and heads it all the way to the halfline.
22' Ekdal absolutely owns Thomas Muller. Reus releases Muller in behind the defence but Ekdal spots the danger and gets his body in the way. Muller tugs at his shirt but Ekdal's having none of it. 
21' Neuer does his best impersonation of an Indian cricket team fielder as he makes a mess of a relatively simple high ball. No harm done though.
19' What a block by Boateng. A hopeful freekick from Granqvist is drifted in to the far post where Claesson squares to Berg but his first time shot is brilliantly blocked by Boateng
18' It's been a blistering start to the game. Germany have had a couple of brilliant chances, Sweden have been denied a penalty. All that's missing is a goal. But the way things are shaping up, we shouldn't be in for a long wait
16' Germany look far too susceptible on the break. Do Sweden have the pace to take advantage of it though?
13' Replays are in and that should have been a penalty. Sweden have been robbed. Berg got a massive shove in the back from Boateng which forced him off balance. Where is VAR when you need it?
12' What a chance for Sweden, what a miss by Berg. Rudiger with a horrific pass with the defensive line near the halfline. Forsberg delightfully feeds Berg in behind the defence but a brilliant challenge from Boateng forces him to shoot straight at Neuer
11' Amazing stat. Germany have completed a whopping 122 passes to Sweden's 6. Unreal stuff this!
10' OUCH That's gotta hurt! Jonas Hector goes down under a strong challenge and then has his head stomped on. That can't be legal.
9' Scintillating stuff from Germany. Marco Reus is released in behind the defence but his low cross is just about kept out by Lindelof
7' Flashed across the box by Draxler but there's no one on the end of it. What a chance again for Germany! They are piling on the pressure on the Swedes who are just about holding on at the moment
6' Forsberg you magician. Sweden counter and Forsberg evades the challenge of 2 Germans with a majestic 360 but then has his shirt tugged. The referee though turns the other way.
4' It's been a blistering start by Germany. Kimmich now picks out Hector on the left but his cross is easily cleared away. This is exactly what Loew would have wanted from his side.
2' What a chance for Germany. Some horrific defending by Granqvist sees Werner in acres of space. He finds Reus in the middle but his shot is cleared off the line heroically.
1' Bright start by Germany. Kroos pings a ball out wide to Muller who fizzes one into the box but there are no white shirts in the box. Promising signs for the Germans
Sweden get us underway kicking from right to left. This is a huge game for Low's men. Can they step up to the task?
We are ready for kickoff. The anthems are done accompanied by raucous applause. It's TIME
Managers speaketh:

Joachim Löw: "It was no doubt a painful defeat against Mexico. We made many mistakes but we have processed them, talked about them and trained to avoid them. The fundamental trust for these players, who have played for years on a good level, will not be destroyed with one game."

Janne Andersson: "This is really what you spend your whole career and life working towards. It is an extraordinary opportunity to be involved in a World Cup match like this. Whether we knock out Germany is one thing, but we have a chance to qualify and that is extraordinary."
Germany vs Sweden - Die Vorschau (Preview)

Germany sleepwalked their way through their first game against Mexico and Hirving Lozano's goal proved to be a rude wake-up call. In the wake of one of the biggest shocks in recent World Cup history, Joachim Loew has decided to ring the changes. 

Antonio Rudiger finds a place in the starting XI after Mats Hummels was ruled out due to a neck injury. Mesut Ozil has been unceremoniously given the boot with Marco Reus taking his spot. Sebastien Rudy too gets the nod after Sami Khedira's horror show against the Mexicans. TImo Werner certainly did not live up to the hype surrounding him pre-tournament but he retains his spot ahead of fan-favourite Mario Gomez.

Sweden, meanwhile, put in a shift and a half against South Korea and emerged with the three points. Manchester United's Victor Lindelof returns to add steel to the defence. Emil Forsberg and Ola Toivonen will provide the attacking outlet, for what it's worth.
Germany vs Sweden - Confirmed XI

Germany confirmed XI (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Hector, Rudiger, Boateng, Kimmich; Kroos, Rudy, Draxler, Reus, Muller; Werner

Sweden confirmed XI (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Lindelof; Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Claesson; Berg, Toivonen
Germany vs Sweden: Team News, Probable Lineup and Prediction​

Germany vs Sweden: Kickoff information

Date: 23rd June 2018
Kickoff time: 11:30 pm (IST), 7 pm (BST)
Venue: Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht

Germany vs Sweden: Team News

Germany will have to forego the robes of complacency they donned in their humbling at the hands of Mexico in the opener and Loew has guaranteed changes will be made. Mesut Ozil swathed himself in an invisibility cloak in Germany's first game and is expected to make way for Mario Gomez who will lead the attack.

Timo Werner had an abject outing against Mexico but could retain his place in the side. Sami Khedira too is expected to be left out after his horrific showing with Ilkay Gundogan the most likely candidate to step in. Mats Hummels has been ruled out due to a neck injury and it will be a toss-up between Sule and Rudiger as to who steps into his shoes.  Julian Brandt too will replace an extremely ineffective Draxler.

Sweden were unconvincing in their 1-0 win against South Korea but manager Janne Anderson is expected to stick with the same 11. There are no realistic fitness concerns in the Swedish camp but Pontus Jansson, Filip Helander and Marcus Rohden have reportedly been struck by a stomach virus. They are however expected to make the journey to Sochi. Victor Lindelof has been passed fit as well and could force his way into the team although it looks unlikely.

Germany vs Sweden: Probable lineups

Germany Probable XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Sule, Plattenhardt; Gundogan, Kroos; Brandt, Muller; Gomez, Werner
Sweden Probable XI: Olsen; Lustig, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Jansson; Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Claesson; Berg, Toivonen

Germany vs Sweden: Form Guide (Most Recent First)

Germany: L-W-L-L-D
Sweden: W-D-D-L-L

Germany vs Sweden: Head to Head

Germany have not lost to their European counterparts in their last 11 encounters (W6, D5). Sweden's last win came way back in 1978.

Most recent meeting: Sweden 3-5 Germany

Germany vs Sweden: Prediction

Predicted scoreline: Germany 1-1 Sweden​

Germany have been woeful in their last few games and I don't think they can break out of their funk that easily. Sweden will park the proverbial bus and Loew's men might not have the firepower to break through.
I. Thelin
M. Berg
S. Larsson
T. Kroos
assist: M. Reus
J. Brandt
J. Hector
J. Boateng
J. Guidetti
O. Toivonen
J. Durmaz
V. Claesson
J. Boateng
A. Ekdal
M. Reus
assist: M. Gómez
M. Gómez
J. Draxler
O. Toivonen
assist: V. Claesson
İ. Gündoğan
S. Rudy
Sweden (4-4-2)
Jan Olof Andersson (Manager)
M. Neuer
J. Hector
A. Rüdiger
J. Boateng
J. Kimmich
T. Kroos
S. Rudy
J. Draxler
M. Reus
T. Müller
T. Werner
R. Olsen
L. Augustinsson
A. Granqvist
V. Lindelöf
M. Lustig
E. Forsberg
A. Ekdal
S. Larsson
V. Claesson
M. Berg
O. Toivonen
Sweden (4-4-2)
Jan Olof Andersson (Manager)
Germany Subs
J. Brandt
M. Ginter
L. Goretzka
M. Gómez
İ. Gündoğan
M. Hummels
S. Khedira
M. Plattenhardt
N. Süle
K. Trapp
M. ter Stegen
M. Özil
Sweden Subs
J. Durmaz
J. Guidetti
F. Helander
O. Hiljemark
P. Jansson
K. Johnsson
E. Krafth
K. Nordfeldt
M. Olsson
M. Rohdén
G. Svensson
I. Thelin
18 SHOTS 7
12 FOULS 13
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 2
Stadium Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Match time Sat, 23 Jun 2018, 11:30 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2018 01:30 AM | Published: Jun 23, 2018 22:41 PM
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