MOSCOW (Reuters) – The victory of the last world champion in Germany over Sweden on Saturday sparked a wave of euphoria between the players and the coaching staff, but coach Joachim Loew said changes would be needed for his final Group game. F against South Korea.
The Germans scored a winning time through Toni Kroos to snatch a 2-1 victory over the Swedes and give themselves a lifeline for a place in the knockout stage after having suffered a surprising opening defeat to Mexico.
The Mexicans are first of six points with Sweden and Germany in three and Korea is still meaningless.
The Germans should, ideally, beat South Korea in their final group match to maintain their chances of advancing as one of the two best teams in the group, but they will again need to make changes in their lineup.
Loew made four changes for his game against Sweden, leaving out Mesut Ozil among others, but Jerome Boateng's red card, Sebastian Rudy's broken nose and fatigue among his players will see him line up in a different lineup on Wednesday. .
shows a red card to German Jerry Boateng. tired at the end of the game and Marco (Reus) had cramps as early as 10 minutes before the end, "Loew told reporters.
" Jerome Boateng is suspended and Sebastian Rudy broke his nose. We will need a couple of days to recover. Rudy could play potentially on Wednesday, but we'll have to wait and see. "
The absence of Boateng is especially bitter for the Germans, as central defender Mats Hummels missed Sweden's game with a neck injury. 19659011] Soccer Football – World Cup – Group F – Germany vs Sweden – Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia – June 23, 2018 German Julian Brandt enters as substitute to replace Jonas Hector REUTERS / Michael Dalder
Loew said that was the optimist Hummels, who did not train in the last days, would be back in time for the match against South Korea to partner with Antonio Ruediger.
"Mats is likely to play and if he does, then we have another option in defense" , said the coach.
Loew's unusual lineup on Saturday did not include playmaker Ozil, who had played 26 consecutive games in World Cups and Euros.
His mediocre form against Mexico, however. or, and the furor caused before the tournament by a photo he took with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had worked against him.
It is unlikely to start, as Germany needs to be as agile and aggressive against the Koreans as they were against Sweden.
In addition to Reus, who should be back in the starting lineup, the chances of a position are also great for Julian Brandt, the attacking midfielder who has appeared twice as a substitute to give much needed impulses. He also hit the post with a missile minutes before Kroos scored the winner on Saturday.
"Cards are shuffled again for the last game," said German team director Oliver Bierhoff. "Our deep bank will help us in this case"
Karolos Grohmann's report; Edition of Amlan Chakraborty