Germany to change tactics for match against South Korea


We're all dreaming of a Brazil-Germany last-16 match-up. In that case the South Koreans, Germans and Swedes would all end on three points and be separated on goal difference or goals scored. Germany coach Joachim Low denied these claims after the match. So Loew made four changes against Sweden, including dropping playmaker Mesut Ozil from the starting lineup.

The Swedish soccer team rallied around midfielder Jimmy Durmaz after he was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse and death threats following his mistake in Sweden's defeat to Germany in the FIFA World Cup on Saturday.

South Korea captain Ki Sung-Yueng is set to miss the clash against Germany due to a muscle injury, the Korea Football Association said on Monday.

Brazil, meanwhile, is trying to regain some swagger. Sweden have impressed me greatly and although Mexico beat Germany, I still have doubts over the North American side.

It was also further evidence - coupled with a 1-0 victory over reigning world champions Germany - that Mexico can erase the pain of recent history. There are no matches featuring both teams needing a draw to make it through.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows: points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned; goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned; number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned; fair play points determined by red and yellow cards at the tournament; drawing of lots.

Andersson said: "It was scornful, they were taunting us, it had nothing to do with football".

"I think we should get this done, we want to top the group", said Swiss head coach Vladimir Petkovic.

He added: "The whole group is still alive so we will have to lick our wounds and come back for the last game". "With a bit of luck, we can produce a miracle".

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El Tri still might need points to secure a place in the round of 16 for a seventh consecutive World Cup . More importantly, it's unlikely that Germany can find their best form unless Ozil finds his.

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Mexico and Sweden play at 10 a.m. ET, and the game is being broadcast in English on Fox, and in Spanish on Telemundo. Brazil is at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT, 1800 GMT).

Elsewhere in Russian Federation, as the first round draws to a close, five-time winners Brazil need a point from their final Group E game against Serbia to guarantee progress.

They can book a spot in the next round with a draw or win.

That equalled the best appearance by Mexico at a World Cup.

Emil Forsberg has bundles of quality, but has yet to make a mark at this competition - this is the flawless time for him to do it. Carlos Vela, meanwhile, scored last time out and has generally been effective for Mexico if not a tad wasteful in front of goal.

In last four tournaments, the Champions have been eliminated in the group stages three times. It's clear there is a strong mentality. "We believe in what we do".

Switzerland will reach the round of 16 with at least a draw.

"There is an excessive responsibility on him in terms of success and that is not the way to go", said Tite. "This is a good quality opponent".