Germany under massive pressure to beat Sweden in Sochi

Germany under massive pressure to beat Sweden in Sochi
Raul Jimenez (L) of Mexico and Joshua Kimmich of Germany in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group F preliminary round soccer match between Germany and Mexico in Moscow, Russia, 17 June 2018.

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 22, 2018. 13:00

Germany is under massive pressure to get a win and will hope to do so when they face Sweden in their second 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group F match on Saturday.

Die Mannschaft failed to hit the right gear when they met Mexico on Sunday and disappointingly lost the three points.

Coach Joachim Low saw his men lose 1-0 to the Mexicans and will now desprately push for a win to regain their confidence.

The defending champions will meet a stubborn Sweden side that is rejoicing from a 1-0 win over the Korea Republic.

Germany now occupy the third spot in the group with no points and will want to avoid an early exit at this year's edition.

On the other hand, the Swedes were victorious in the opening Group F encounter as they defeated the Koreans courtesy of Andreas Granqvist's penalty on Monday.

Sweden lead the group standings with three points from the victory, along with Mexico, and will hope to stun the Germans to book a spot in the knockout stages.

The two sides have met on 22 occasions in the past, 10 wins have gone Germany's way whilst Sweden has eight and eight have ended in draws.

The match will be staged at Fisht Stadium in Sochi at 20:00 (CAT) on Saturday.

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