Was Sweden robbed of a penalty kick against Germany?


The defending world champions came in for harsh criticism after their opening 1-0 loss to Mexico, with Ozil and Khedira singled out and the former having his string of 26 consecutive starts in competitive matches snapped. The reigning champs failed to impress in the opener, losing 1-0 to Mexico, and anything but a win here will greatly complicate things.

When the World Cup groups were drawn, Germany will not have envisaged themselves coming up against Brazil in the second round, but their opening game defeat to Mexico has put them in such a position that it appears very likely.

Assuming they go on to win their final group game against South Korea, Germany will finish the group with six points. "Everyone is ready to fight for their lives", said striker Timo Werner, who is again set to lead the Germany attack.

Sweden probably should have scored more than one goal against South Korea.

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Sweden, meanwhile, will have Victor Lindelof available for selection after recovering from a virus, with just Isaac Kiese Thelin ruled out of the game with an ankle injury.

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Germany and Sweden face off on Saturday, June 23 in what will be the second match of the 2018 World Cup for each team.