Jerome Boateng of Germany defeats Marcus Berg of Sweden to win his second yellow card and be sent off. (Michael Steele / Getty Images)
Germany (0-0-1, 0 points) vs. Sweden (1-0-0, 3 points)
Group F, Olympic Stadium Fisht, Sochi
Boateng sent off
After Boateng received his second yellow card (in minute 81), he was sent off. The yellow card came when Boateng collided with Swede Marcus Berg.
Another yellow card
Against the German Jerome Boateng in the 70th minute.
He called against the Swedish Albin Edkal in the 51st minute.
Just two minutes into the second half, Germany finally climbed on the board in this World Cup. Marco Reus scored the equalizer in the 48th minute, giving life to the German team's hopes of advancing. As long as he can hold on to this tie, Germany will have the chance to reach the elimination stages of the World Cup.
It was a slow first half, but Sweden leads Germany 1-0 at the start of the break. The German team has taken more shots and possessed the ball more than the Swedes so far, but it is falling short where it matters most. There is a lot at stake for Germany in the remaining 45 minutes of the game; if they can not win, they will be eliminated from the tournament.
Ola Toivonen of Sweden scores his team's first goal on Saturday against German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. (Michael Steele / Getty Images)
Sweden gets the first blood, scoring in the 31st minute of the match. Ola Toionen managed to connect the ball on the net after receiving it with a pbad from Viktor Claesson.
Germany managed to score two shots in the first eight minutes. Both failed, but Germany has been in control of the game early, owning the ball 91 percent of the time.
Germany vs. Sweden is the next on FOX, and there are BIG changes in the lineup of the defending champions. #GER
OUTSIDE: Özil, Khedira, Hummels (injury), Plattenhardt
EN: Reus, Rudy, Rüdiger, Héctor (returns from the disease) pic.twitter.com/bgKY7jljMc  – FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 23, 2018
Germany entered this year's World Cup as a clear favorite, but last week's shocking shock against Mexico It has the Germans at one point. The only goal in that defeat came in the 35th minute, when Hirving Lozano, 22, picked up Javier Hernandez's pbad inside the penalty area and beat a defender before scoring against Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The result sent shock waves through Mexico, literally, creating what could have been an artificial earthquake made by man in Mexico while leaving Germany's future uncertain in this World Cup.
Mexico plays South Korea earlier on Saturday; if the favored Tri wins at least a draw, Germany could be eliminated with a defeat against Sweden. No defending champion has failed to make the qualifying round from France in 2002.
Meanwhile, Sweden received a penalty goal from Andreas Granqvist in a 1-0 triumph over South Korea. It was the first time the Swedes had won their first World Cup match since 1958, against – that's right – Mexico. Sweden have not beaten Germany in their last 11 meetings, dating back to 1978, according to the BBC.
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When: Saturday, June 23, 2 p.m. Eastern.
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Germany (0-0-1), 0 points)
- Last action in the World Cup: Champions, 2014.
- Best final: Champions, 2014, 1990 and 1974.
- Remarkable: Germany has reached at least the quarterfinals (or finished in the top ) eight) in 17 of his 18 appearances in the World Cup. That is the best rate of any nation.
- FIFA World Ranking: 1. ELO World Ranking: 3.
Sweden (1-0-0, 3 points)
- Last World Cup Performance: Round of 16, 2006.
- Best Result: Subchampion, 1958, in a tournament he organized.
- Remarkable: Sweden are unbeaten in their last 10 games of the group stage. Their last defeat in the group stage was in 1990, a 2-1 result against Costa Rica.
- FIFA World Ranking: 24. ELO World Ranking: 19.
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Extreme Emil Forsberg will be key to the Swedes having a chance against the reigning champions. Forsberg has good speed and a solid repertoire of skills, and it counts for Sweden's key attack. The German Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He missed most of the Bundesliga season with a foot injury before returning to the national team this month. For the Germans to do the kind of race they expect, they will have to be in top form.
Germany: vs. South Korea in Kazan, Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Sweden: vs. Mexico in Ekaterinburg, Wednesday, 10 a.m.
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