Germany vs Sweden|Saturday,23 june|Fisht Stadium
World Cup holders Germany need a win against Sweden after Joachim Low’s side kicked off the defense of their title in disastrous fashion.
Germany’s defense was all at sea as Mexico secured a shock 1-0 win over the world champions.
Sweden, though, are not in Russia to just make up the numbers and will be confident of taking the game to Germany
after sealing a 1-0 win over South Korea to jointly lead the group with Mexico.
Germany central defender Mats Hummels is unlikely to feature after hurting his neck in training.
Joachim Low said.
Sweden scout Roger Sandberg is not expecting Germany to make many changes despite a defeat to Mexico.
A likely replacement for Hummels is Antonio Rudiger but Low said he would wait until tomorrow to see Hummels’ condition.
Sweden, meanwhile, could be missing a few men due to illness and injury.
Three players, including starting central defender Pontus Jansson, remained in Gelendzhik on Friday after becoming ill with a stomach bug while the rest of the team flew to Sochi.
In a statement posted on the Swedish Football Association website, team doctor Anders Valentin said
defenders Jansson and Filip Helander, and midfielder Marcus Rohden all became ill on Thursday night.
Unsure if the illness was contagious, the decision was made to keep the three players behind at Sweden’s training base
Illness isn’t the only issue Sweden is dealing with.
Forward Isaac Kiese Thelin hurt his ankle in practice and did not train on Friday when the Swedes worked out at Fisht Stadium.
Kiese Thelin came on as a substitute in the 77th minute of the opener against South Korea.
Germany XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Rudiger, Plattenhardt, Kroos, Khedira, Muller, Ozil, Draxler, Reus
Sweden XI: Olsen, Augustinsson, Granqvist, Lindelof, Lustig, Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen.
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